160 pupils take part in technology tournament

More than 160 students from ten schools across the area have taken part in a technology tournament at Catterick Garrison.

The annual event is organised by local Rotary clubs.

This year, it was Northallerton Rotary’s turn to co-ordinate the competition.

Teams from ten schools took part, with an age range of participants from 12 to 18 in teams of four.

Rotarian Allan Percy who led the event, said: “All the young people involved performed brilliantly.

“Their energy, commitment and technical skills were tremendous and as ever we were very grateful to the REME Depot at Catterick and Royal Engineers for their support and the provision of a superb venue.

“More than 50 Rotarians were involved as stewards and judges on the day, which went extremely well.”

Each year the tournament involves planning and delivering a challenging technical project that is then judged by a series of exacting criteria.

This year the teams were required to design, build, and operate a rope bridge that could be used to carry a load across it on a model electric vehicle.

The task, called Crossing the River included variations according to age groups.

Each team was given the same components for the task and was required to produce a journal setting out their plan of work for the day.

Mr Percy added: “The Rotary clubs were grateful for the continuing support of schools in a year when they have faced so many difficult challenges recovering from the Covid pandemic.

“The Army was also very involved, both through the provision of accommodation at Catterick and in helping to set up and take down all the equipment. Particular thanks were expressed to WO1 Chris Waddington and his commanding officer Lt Col Mike Smith.”

There are three levels according to age and the winners in each level receive a shield and book tokens.

This year’s winners were:

  • Foundation Level (11-14 years) – Hurworth School
  • Intermediate Level (14-16 years) – St Francis Xavier Team 2
  • Advanced Level (over 16 years) – Barnard Castle School Team 1

The winning trophies were presented by Richard Greenwood, Rotary district governor nominee, and book token prizes were given by Susan Rogers, Rotary assistant district governor.

Northallerton Rotary Club president Mike Holmes said: “Rotary Clubs are very committed to supporting their local communities and it is particularly worthwhile to be involved with such outstanding young people.

“I am so pleased that the technology tournament continues to thrive, and it is great to think that our future is in the hands of such talented young individuals. The whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”