Ribble Valley students take part in technology challenge

pre-publicity pic for Rotary Technology Tournament 2011 - lads from Bowland High School
pre-publicity pic for Rotary Technology Tournament 2011 - lads from Bowland High School
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AN annual youth Technology Tournament run by Rotary International and BAE Systems and involving more than 100 schools within Lancashire and Cumbria will be taking place next Friday, with 300 teams taking part at 10 regional centres throughout the North West.

The event provides more than 1,000 students with an exciting opportunity both for practising team building and communication skills, as well as problem solving in a design and technology environment. Last year pupils had the challenge of designing and making a flashing beacon with a device that controlled the frequency of flashes.

Teams from Ribble Valley schools will compete at the nearest regional centre, The Hollins Technology College, Accrington, where 33 teams involving some 132 students and teachers from across the East Lancashire are will be competing.

The teams will be given a task to perform – with no prior notice of what it will be – which will involve team work and ingenuity in designing, building and demonstrating that what they have built will actually work and meet the design criteria laid down in the design brief.

Richard Lea, from the Rotary International Organisation said: “This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and we are again delighted to have the wholehearted support of BAE Systems, a major technology employer in our region.”

Look out for the results in a future edition of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.