BUILDING BRIDGES FOR TECH EVENT
Five Bucks schools compete in latest competition
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. co.uk.
Hard work: Pupils take part in the technology tournament