Technology test for schools

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Teams from Pendle’s secondary schools and colleges are to have their imagination and engineering skills put to the test.

The challenge will come in the Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament which will be held at Nelson and Colne College on Friday, March 6th.

Just what the four-person teams will have to do remains a secret until they turn up on the day. Then they will be told their design and build task and given the materials to achieve it.

It could be anything. One year it was to design a lighthouse with a flashing light, another saw them making a bridge with a mechanism that would allow it to let shipping through. Last year the challenge was to make a weight-powered vehicle, the year before it was to design a coin sorter.

A team of judges, arranged by Rotary, assess the teams’ planning, their design analysis and development, their construction skills – and the final testing.

There are three age group categories – foundation, intermediate and advanced – and the winners in each section receive certificates and individual books. There are also prizes for the runners-up. Teams of teachers coming together on the day also take part doing the advanced level task; their efforts arouse great interest from their pupils.