Students pipe up with their design ideas at Rotary’s technology tournament in Stevenage

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant

More than 50 students from Stevenage secondary schools tackled a challenging engineering challenge in the Stevenage Rotary club’s Youth Technology Tournament last week.

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant

In total, 14 teams had to design and build a pipeline cleaning machine.

The mixed male and female teams had to put together a portfolio explaining their reasoning and then build their project from a range of provided materials.

Their solutions were judged by a team of engineers and Rotarians. They were judged on concept design, team working, project management and of course construction. The standard was very high, given the complexity of the challenge.

Pupils from John Henry Newman School took the winner and runners up slots in the Foundation category. At Intermediate level Marriotts School came in first and the Thomas Alleyne Academy second and at advanced level the Barclay School team took first place and Marriotts second. Certificates and trophies were presented by mayoress councillor Joan Lloyd.

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant

Rotary technology tournament

Rotary technology tournament - Credit: Archant