23 Mar STEM: Great day at the Technology Tournament
Friday saw 120 local high school children, along with 20 teachers, go head-to-head in this year’s Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament and our STEM Ambassador was there to lend a hand and judge the teams throughout the day.
Tournaments were held in 10 areas across the UK, with our STEM Ambassador being part of the Chorley event, held at Chorley Town Hall.
And for the 2012 Olympic gold post box spotters out there, Chorley Town Hall is also the location of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ post box.
All the teams had to design a bridge with varying difficulties and methods depending on their level in the competition; 18 teams took on the foundation task, with 7 tackling the intermediate and 3 teams, along with the 5 teams of teachers, going for the advanced challenge. All the teams had the same resources to hand from materials to drills and glue guns.
They also had test rigs to use throughout the day to experiment and test their bridge ideas out.
Our STEM Ambassador was one of eight judges who marked the team’s efforts throughout the day with marks awarded for; assessing the teams approach to planning and team work, design analysis, solution development, portfolios, manufacture of the design and final practical testing.
As the task progressed in difficulty, the methods and outcomes did too. We won’t share any spoiler designs in case they hold the competition again, or another area is yet to host their challenge day. Well done to all the student and teacher teams for their bridge designs, and congratulations to the winning teams.
Thanks to the Rotary Club for hosting the event, and to BAE Systems for sponsoring the tournaments across the area.