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St Edwards Win Rotary Technology Tournament

by Michael Ford last modified 20 Apr, 2016 11:49 AM

Poole Rotary Club ran a Technology Tournament at Corfe Hills School on Friday 18 March, which was won by Sixth-Formers from St Edward's RC CE VA School.

St Edward’s Sixth Form entered two teams: Matt Hill and James Carter, and Sam Gritt and Marc Negrillo.

Both teams did extremely well, with James and Matt taking first prize in the Sixth Form section and Sam and Marc coming a close second.

James said, “Our advanced task was to plan, design and produce a model of a working lifting bridge that had to support a 1kg weight. Not only did we have to make a model of the bridge but we had to create multiple plans and a portfolio.

“The portfolio had to be handed in at 12.30 and the model had to be finished by 2.45, which allowed the judges plenty of time to test all models from all the teams. We had all day to manufacture, plan and present our work to the judges who had been walking around watching our processes all day.

“When it came to the testing stage, the first thing the judges did was test to see if a small boat would fit underneath the bridge, then they tested the strength of the bridge by placing the 1kg weight on it. The final and most delicate part of the testing was lifting the bridge. Once lifted, the judge proceeded to drag a much larger boat with a large sail through the gap.

“Unlike every other team’s bridges, ours withstood all the tests that the judge made, which helped secure the win.”

Technology Subject Leader Kathryn D’Arcy said, “St Edwards Technology students are imaginative, pragmatic and conceptually able to think creatively. The students really enjoyed the day and the challenges set, the winners being offered a work experience placement by the engineering Judge.”

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