The annual Rotary International/ BAE Systems Technology Tournament, which involved over 100 schools from within Lancashire and Cumbria, saw around 300 teams taking part at ten regional centres throughout the two counties.
The local Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley event took place at Hollins Technology College, Accrington, where 14 local school participated.
This year’s challenge posed the scenario that a radioactive meteorite had landed locally and a gripping device needed to be built so that the meteorite could be safely handled from a distance.
The three sections of competitors, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced had different parameters to work around to solve the same basic problem – moving the meteorite safely.
Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe, won the Foundation section, ahead of runners up, St Wilfrid’s CE Academy, Blackburn.
The pupils enjoyed a great day, offering different ideas, using wire, wood, glue and screws and developing team working skills whilst meeting deadlines and getting to know children from other schools.
The event was organised by Rotary Clubs from across East Lancashire. Chief judge Rotarian George Blenkinship commented on the extremely high standard of entries this year, for what was a very challenging project. He also thanked Hollins Technology college for once again hosting the event.