Wednesday 8th April 2009 by C. Freeman
Twelve Brooke Weston students took part in this year's Rotary Technology competition. All the teams who took part were given the design challenge of building a contraption to launch a table tennis ball to a set height, from which it would parachute back down. It really tested their ingenuity as they were given just basic materials, like strips of wood, rubber bands and adhesive tape to work with.
The Brooke Weston students were split into three teams of four, while Mr Browne and Mr Wilkinson were put into separate teachers teams, who had to do the same task but to a more advanced level.
The students had to present technical drawings of their designs, as well as make a working model which was presented to representatives from the Rotary Club. The event, which attracted teams from 25 county schools was held at Weston Favell. The Mayor of Northampton and local media also went along to see the students' progress.
Mr Browne said: 'The task really challenged all the students; they learned a lot from the experience, firstly having to come up with some good ideas and then making sure their design worked. There was also a lot of networking between the students and teachers from different schools and everyone got on really well.'