Luton & Beds Rotary Technology Tournament
Since 1989 the nine Rotary Clubs in Luton and Central Bedfordshire have played their part in this overall event and organised what is now one of the largest tournaments in the country.
many years Rotary Clubs in the UK
have run an annual Technology Tournament designed both to stimulate the
interest of students in design and technology and to improve their personal
skills and team building to meet the needs of industry.
year students in teams of four are required to design and build a working model
only from materials supplied. Neither the students nor their teachers are aware
of the project until the day. Tasks in previous years have ranged from lifting
bridges to gas pipe inspection vehicles made using, sometimes, electric motors
or elastic bands to operate the design.
tournament is designed for students in three categories: Foundation students
aged 7-9 years, Intermediate students aged 10-11 years and Advanced students
aged from 12 years up to 18. Teams are assessed by Rotarian judges and
particular attention is paid to team working, portfolio development which
includes drawings and explanation of how the model will work, building and
testing of the finished model in accordance with strict guidelines laid down by
the tournament organisers. The event concludes with the winners in each
category being presented with a shield and each team member receiving a
certificate. A keynote speech is given by a specialist working in the area
relevant to the design project for that year.
should be noted that this tournament is a STEM
approved event. The term STEM,
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is used to address education
policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science
and technology development.
year the tournament is again well attended with a total of 42 teams comprising
22 foundation,12 intermediate and 8 advanced students in competition to be held,
as before, at Stopsley Baptist Church, Luton on Thursday 8th March.
Dunstable Rotary Club