Five Bucks schools com­pete in lat­est com­pe­ti­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

PUPILS from five schools went head-to-head in an an­nual tech­nol­ogy tour­na­ment last week.

The tour­na­ment, or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Che­sham, along with the Ro­tary Clubs of Amer­sham and Great Mis­senden, took place at Chiltern Hills Academy, in Char­tridge Lane, Che­sham, on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 26.

The task was graded in three age groups, with the fin­ished prod­uct be­ing more so­phis­ti­cated the higher the level.

The lev­els were foun­da­tion for 11 to 14 year olds, in­ter­me­di­ate for 15 and 16 year olds and ad­vanced for those aged 16 and over.

The schools tak­ing part were the hosts Chiltern Hills Academy, Che­sham Gram­mar School, John Co­let School from Wen­dover, The Bea­con School and Che­sham Prepara­tory School.

The 17 teams were chal­lenged to con­struct a bridge from card, pa­per, wood, straws, and cot­ton, which could take the weight of a one kilo­gram ve­hi­cle and be raised to al­low model ships to pass un­der­neath.

All were pro­vided with ma­te­ri­als for the task and, af­ter a briefing, set about plan­ning their work and pro­duc­ing port­fo­lios de­scrib­ing their de­sign prin­ci­ples and de­tailed draw­ings of the con­struc­tion of their bridges.

Two hours were al­lowed for the con­struc­tion and, af­ter a break for lunch, the fin­ished prod­ucts were tested be­fore a panel of judges led by Ray Payne, from Che­sham Ro­tary, who has judged the tour­na­ment for sev­eral years.

The tour­na­ment was a clean sweep for John Co­let School, which took top place in all three age groups.

The school was pre­sented with a tro­phy com­mem­o­rat­ing the late Derek Up­cott, a for­mer Che­sham Ro­tar­ian and founder of the tour­na­ment, which now takes place through­out the coun­try.

Each win­ning team also re­ceived £100.

Trib­ute to the work of all con­tes­tants came from Mr Payne, who said: “De­sign­ing bridges is a ma­jor part of this coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture. The work pro­duced by the teams were all in­ven­tive and well put to­gether.”

For a photo gallery of the event visit www.get­bucks.

Hard work: Pupils take part in the tech­nol­ogy tour­na­ment

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