Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DOZENS of bud­ding en­gi­neers com­peted in an an­nual tech­nol­ogy tour­na­ment last week.

The Ro­tary Tech­nol­ogy Tour­na­ment, or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Clubs of Che­sham, Amer­sham and Great Mis­senden, took place at Chiltern Hills Academy, in Char­tridge Lane, Che­sham, on Fri­day. The com­pe­ti­tion saw 19 teams of four stu­dents from six Bucks schools tasked with de­liv­er­ing a res­cue pack­age across a crocodile-in­fested river. There was a ca­ble across the river and the contestants needed to make a ca­ble car which could be hooked onto it and driven by an elec­tric mo­tor and pul­leys.

The teams were split into foun­da­tion, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced lev­els, with the lat­ter teams’ chal­lenge more dif­fi­cult.

The ad­vanced task was won by The Royal Gram­mar School in High Wy­combe, the in­ter­me­di­ate task by The John Co­let School, Wen­dover, and the foun­da­tion task was won by The John Co­let School third team.

One of the founder mem­bers of the Tech­nol­ogy Tour­na­ment, Derek Up­cott, died in Oc­to­ber and in his mem­ory, The Derek Up­cott Me­mo­rial Cup was awarded to the school with the over­all best en­tries, which was the John Co­let School.

Pres­i­dent of Che­sham Ro­tary Club, He­len Sal­is­bury, said: “Many thanks to ev­ery­one who helped.

“Once again it was a fan­tas­tic day for all the par­tic­i­pants.”

The schools which took part were The Bea­con School, Chiltern Hills Academy, Che­sham Prep School, The John Co­let School, The Royal Gram­mar School and Che­sham Gram­mar School.

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