Clitheroe school teams take ‘tech’ titles

The CRGS Advanced team of (from the left) Catherine Holmes, Adam Najia, Alex Guthrie and Natasha Fell with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.
The CRGS Advanced team of (from the left) Catherine Holmes, Adam Najia, Alex Guthrie and Natasha Fell with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.

SCHOOL teams from Clitheroe have again excelled in the regional leg of the annual Rotary International/BAE Systems Technology Tournament.

It involved more than 100 schools from within Lancashire and Cumbria and took place simultaneously at 10 regional centres throughout the North West, with around 300 teams taking part.

The CRGS Foundation team (from the left) Edward Dabrowski, Georgie Smith, Ruaridh Mac Dowell and Emma Donaldson with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.

The CRGS Foundation team (from the left) Edward Dabrowski, Georgie Smith, Ruaridh Mac Dowell and Emma Donaldson with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.

The local Blackburn-with-Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley event took place at The Hollins Technology College, Accrington, where teams from 13 schools competed for awards in various age groups. A total of 140 children made up 35 teams, plus four teams of teachers.

This year’s challenge – only revealed on the day – was to design, build and demonstrate a working model of a coin sorting machine. Teams were given materials to build the model, such as wood, card, sticky tape, glue and a bag of assorted coins. Their objective was to design a device that would separate different value coins into different collecting containers when they were fed into the device randomly over a set time period.

Points were awarded for design skills, teamwork and ingenuity, as well as the number of coins that made it to the correct collecting container within the time limit. Designs also included publicity signage for sponsors BAE Systems and Rotary International, as well as various charities of the children’s choice.

In the Foundation Section, winners were Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and the runners-up Witton Park High School, Blackburn. In the Intermediate Section, winners were Ribblesdale High School Technology College, Clitheroe, and the runners-up were Rhyddings High School, Oswaldtwistle. And in the Advance Section the winners were Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form College and the runners-up Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn. All the children had a great day, not to mention the teachers, developing teamwork skills, meeting deadlines and getting to know children from other schools.

The Ribblesdale High School Intermediate team of (from the left) Ashley Fillen, Rebecca Smethurst, Sam Gould and Dan Giles with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.

The Ribblesdale High School Intermediate team of (from the left) Ashley Fillen, Rebecca Smethurst, Sam Gould and Dan Giles with Rotarian Jane Wadsworth.

Chief Judge Rotarian George Blenkinship commented on the high standard of entries this year and thanked Hollins Technology College for once again hosting the event.

Cath Hargreaves, Head of Education Partnerships at BAE Systems, Warton, said: “As a company we are committed to encouraging young people to take an interest in engineering, science, technology and maths and to consider a future career in these areas. The Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament is an ideal opportunity to do this in an exciting, fun and rewarding way.”

The event was organised by Rotary Clubs from across East Lancashire and prizes were presented by Assistant District Governor Rotarian Jane Wadsworth, who is also a member of the Rotary Club of Accrington.