Harrogate Brigantes Technology Tournament - 4 February 2020

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Rotary Technology Tournament 2020

St Aidan’s School on Tuesday 4th February. Constance Green Hall, Harrogate

Rotary Clubs in Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Lower Wharfedale have again facilitated the 2020 Tournament. Schools taking part were Ashville College, Harrogate Grammar, King James’s, Nidderdale High, Ripon Grammar, Rossett School, St Aidan’s High, St John Fisher High and Wetherby High.

The students, working in Teams of four in three age categories, were given a Task and were supplied with basic materials such as card, wheels, pulleys, wood dowel, string and drawing pins. Students brought basic hand tools to use in the construction phase.  The Task, which was secret until the day of the tournament, is based on the design, construction of a model. The model was scored against several criteria to establish the winner.

The difficulty of the Task increased with the age of the students in the Teams involved, from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced) respectively. In each age group an award is given for the Best Portfolio and a Gold, Silver and Bronze award for the three teams which provide the best solutions to the task. David Russell, who coordinated the Tournament, said “The challenge combines a number of skills in a fun way. As well as design / technology and making skills, the students have to call on innovation, team working, communication, problem solving, decision making, risk taking and creativity to achieve their goal. They also produce a written design and construction portfolio to show how they arrived at the finished model and finally demonstrate the working model to the Judges under test conditions. They are marked on all these criteria”. In each age group an award is given for the Best Portfolio and a Gold, Silver and Bronze award for the three teams which provide the best solutions to the task.

The Results

     
 

Foundation

Intermediate

Advanced

Best Portfolio

Ashville College

Ashville College

St. Aidan’s High School

       

Main Task

Foundation

Intermediate

Advanced

Gold

St. Aidan’s High School B

Ashville College

Ashville College

Silver

St. John Fisher High School

King Jame’s School

Ripon Grammar School

Bronze

Rossett School

Wetherby High School D

St. Aidan’s High School

Brigantes Walking Group - Studley Deer Park 13 January 2020

First walk is for the New Year 2020 and took place on Monday 13th January. Peter Wood led  a very pleasant but straightforward walk of 5½ miles from Ripon; up the river Skell, taking in the Valley of the Seven Bridges and the Studley Deer Park. This is a short walk to Studley Roger and back to Ripon and short enough to ease us back into full expedition fitness and to ensure I can get round.

(Graham Chilvers, Bruce McKenzie, Peter Wood, John Wood, David Russell, Kelvin Burkinshaw and 'Jet'!)

 

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