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SCHOOLS TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT
On Tuesday the 1st March the Inner 9 Group of Rotary clubs held their annual Technology Tournament at the Frontier Club in Batley when 31 teams from 12 local schools worked against the clock to build a “Pipeline Vehicle”. The teams compete in 3 classes; Foundation (12/14 year old), Intermediate (14/16 years) and Advanced (over 16) and the brief given to each group follows a similar pattern but with increasing complexity. Each team is provided with a quantity of materials such as timber strips, card, string, electric cable, an electric motor and batteries, wheels and pulleys. From these materials the teams had to design and build a vehicle that will clear debris blocking a pipe. In real life such vehicles operate regulrly in gas and water pipelines and are known as “pigs”.
The Rotary clubs provide judges who mark the teams on design, build quality, team work and organisation with, of course the most points going to a successful final test of the vehicle against a defined time.
The winners this year in the Foundation class were Ossett Academy who scored 87 out of 100, at Intermediate level it was St John Fisher School with an excellent 92/100 and at Advanced level Mirfield Free Grammar, with 85 out of 100. Chief Judge David Sugden commented on the ingenuity shown in the designs offered and hoped the Tournament will encourage students to move into practical apprenticeships where the skills demonstrated on the day can be put into practice.
Chairman of the Tournament Mike Gill of Horbury Rotary Club thanked the Dewsbury and Batley area committees for their support of the event, the schools for their participation, all the Rotarians and friends of Rotary who worked to prepare the event and act as stewards or judges and most importantly Deputy Major Jim Dobbs for attending and presenting the Trophies. Councillor Dobbs congratulated the teams on the workmanship and skills demonstrated and the schools for taking part. He thanked the Inner 9 Group of Rotary Clubs for organising such an interesting and constructive event.
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Cleckheaton Club marks End Polio Campaign Anniversary
Pupils at St Mary's School Cleckheaton planting crocus bulbs at their school
October 24th was the 30th anniversary of the start of Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign. Carlos Cansecco, then President of Rotary International, launched the whole programme on that date in 1985. The original programme used the Sabin Vaccination method. Now an oral method is used.
Since the launch by Rotary International the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and most recently the Gates Foundation have supported the programme. Over the 30 years Rotary Clubs around the world have contributed over $1.3 billion to the programme enabling the number of countries where the disease was endemic to be reduced from around 150 to just 2 countries at present with most recently the continent of Africa being declared polio free following eradication in Nigeria.
To mark the anniversary children from Howard Park School and St Mary’s School each planted 1000 purple crocus bulbs. Purple is chosen because children in developing countries dip their little finger in purple dye to show they have been vaccinated. Howard Park added the bulbs to the other 4000 in the grass bank at the corner of the memorial park by the traffic lights in Cleckheaton whilst the children at St Maty’s school planed the bulbs in the gardens of their school.
Pictures below show Howard Park Pupils planting at the Memorial Park and with Rotarians Pam Scales and Michael Shires
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Cleckheaton Golf Club
483 Bradford Road, Cleckheaton BD19 6BU tel: 01274 851266