On Thursday 3 March the Rotary Clubs of Whitby held their annual Technology Tournamant in the Northern Lights Suite of the Spa Complex.
Fifteen teams entered the tournament from Fyling Hall, Eskdale, Caedmon College, Brotton Academy and Huntcliff School.
The winners in the various categories were Fyling Hall (Advanced), Freebrough Academy (Intermediate) and Caedmon College (Foundation).
The Mayor of Whitby, Counciilor Heather Coughlan, presented a certificate of achievement from the Rotary Clubs of Whitby and Pigs International of Texas to each winning team. Despite the pressure on the teams, the conduct of the young “engineers” was excellent and impressed all concerned.
The teams were asked to design and build a machine to clean a pipeline containing items of rubbish.
Pipeline cleaning is an important engineering process in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
The tournament is aimed at giving young people the chance to demonstrate their, work planning, design, engineering and scientific knowledge and to work under pressure as teams to complete the project in a given time and without help from teachers. The basic project was the same for Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 levels but with increasing levels of difficulty.
A team of judges monitored throughout the day giving marks for planning and team work, design analysis, development of solutions and communication of ideas, construction of their chosen design and their portfolio of designs and work planning.
The tournament was sponsored by the Cleveland Scientific Institution, the Welding Institution, Scarborough Borough Council, Danby Off Shore and BDH Partners of Whitby.
Engineering support and exhibitions were presented by Pigs Unlimited International of Houston, Texas, USA, Macaw Engineering of Newcastle and Inspec. Manufacturing Ltd and Associates of Middlesbrough, part of a German company. In this respect it was a truly international event.