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The Rotary Challenge

The Rotary Challenge
The prize-winning crane constructed for the Teachers' Challenge.
The Rotary Challenge
Some of the students working on their project.
Wednesday 30th March 2011 by C. Freeman

Teams from Brooke Weston pitted their wits against those from 25 other schools in a design technology competition. The Rotary Challenge is an annual event that poses a technical conundrum for students to solve.

This year they had to design a remote controlled crane that could manoeuvre under a bridge to lift a load spilled from a lorry. They were given a bag of basic equipment including MDF, a motor, drawing pins, pulleys and wheels and had a few hours to come up with a successful design.

Teams from Brooke Weston who have taken part in previous years have constructed vehicles and catapults as part of the challenge, run by the Rotary Club of Northampton that took place at Weston Favell School. Brooke Weston fielded two teams from Years 7 and 8 for the competition, accompanied by staff members Mr Browne and Mr Wilkinson.

Two students acted as journalists for the day, documenting their team’s progress and they won a prize for their work, as did Mr Browne and Mr Wilkinson who, along with peers from Lodge Park and Kettering Science Academy, had to tackle the same challenge as the students, clinching first prize in the Teachers’ Challenge with their elegantly designed crane!

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