Wednesday 21st March 2007 by C. Freeman
Design Technology students have won the top award at a local technology competition. The students, from Years 8 and 9, battled against other teams, some comprising sixth formers in the Rotary Technology Tournament 2007. As well as the students' success the accompanying adults from Brooke Weston also scooped the top award in the teachers' competition!
The Rotary Club of the Nene Valley runs an annual competition where students are challenged to solve a technical problem. This year teams had to design and build a vehicle, powered by an electric motor to travel inside a pipeline and remove any debris from it. They were given half an hour to plan and design their vehicles, and around three hours to build it from simple materials such as wood, an electric motor, paper clips, drawing pins and elastic bands!
The teams competed at three levels; basic, intermediate and advanced, and the Brooke Weston team won the advanced task category, and were awarded with a commemorative trophy and £25 of book vouchers each. All the participants received a certificate.
To ensure that the teams didn't get help from the teachers who accompanied them, they were also set the same challenge. Head of DT Angela Quinlivan and technician Mike Wilkinson teamed up with two other teachers and beat off all the competition to win the teachers' trophy.
The winning team from Brooke Weston consisted of Year 9 students, David Weston, Jonathan Clayton, Tom Hoier and Jeddidiah Bellamy-Carter.
Miss Quinlivan said: 'It was the first year that we entered the competition so this has been a great experience. All our teams worked extremely hard and were up against teams of much older students so it was a brilliant result that they won the hardest category, and even more gratifying when Mr Wilkinson and I were also on the winning teaching team!'