Students gather for Rotary Club’s annual technology tournament

Rotary Technology Tournament

Rotary Technology Tournament - Credit: Archant

A record of 21 teams took part in the Rotary Club of Huntingdon’s seventh annual technology tournament on February 10.

Rotary Club tech tournament

Rotary Club tech tournament - Credit: Archant

Abbey College, St Ivo School. Sawtry Village Academy, Kimbolton School and St Peter’s School competed in three categories, but Ernulf Academy was unable to participate after their mini-bus broke down.

Pupils from St Ivo School came first in the foundation category, with Kimbolton students winning the intermediate section. The team from Abbey College won the advanced category, and all winners were given a certificate.

The children, aged 11 to 18, were asked to construct a build in just four hours, mainly using just card and glue.

Held at Abbey College in Ramsey, the challenge was to build a pair of bridges which could hold the weight of one kilogram.

Rotary Technology Tournament

Rotary Technology Tournament - Credit: Archant


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The longer bridge had to be fixed, while the shorter one needed a lifting mechanism to allow a model boat to pass through.

Students were also required to draw up a plan before they started, and were judged throughout the day on their progress.

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The winning teams also received an engraved glass trophy, donated by Computer Miracle Ltd.

These were presented by Dr Peter Duffett-Smith; a retired Vice Master of Downing College and University Reader in Experimental Radio Physics at the University of Cambridge.

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