Rotary Technology Tournament

Leeds Rotary Technology Tournamenttechnology tournament design stage

The Rotary Club of Roundhay have been actively involved with the technology tournament since its inception 8 years ago. A team of four students have to solve a design and technology based task which they know nothing about until the day of the event. Each team is required to design, develop, build and then test their solution to the task from the materials supplied. The day culminates in the testing session when teams demonstrate their best solution to the task and can observe the efforts of competing teams. Stewards are on hand to guide the student teams. The tournament is judged by Rotarians and guests with backgrounds in engineering, technology and design.

Leeds Rotary Clubs' Technology Tournament - John Charles Sports Centre Tuesday 28 February 2017

This year was the biggest competition held in Leeds with 49 teams consisting of 200 students from 19 schools with ages ranging from 12-17 years. Roundhay School sent 3 teams competing at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels and the concentration and competitiveness was intense.

One of the prizes is for innovation and this is awarded to the team which designs the project using ideas not thought of by others. The most amazing aspect of this competition is that each team interpreted the instructions in a different way to achieve the desired results and no two models were the same.

The Leeds Mayor and Last Mayoress attended and commented that they had never seen so many children so engrossed for so long and were equally impressed with the models being built. The teachers are also involved in building the models and competing as teams. They have to test their models in front of all the students and as expected there are cheers when things go right. The prizes this year were presented by our own Mike Fox the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

The winners were: Foundation: Priesthorpe Foundation 2. Intermediate: Ralph Thoresby.  Advanced: Read School.

We are carefully looking at every visit outside of school but this one event is not to be missed

A well organised event which captures the students imaginationLeeds Rotary Clubs' Schools Technology Tournament

This is an excellent opportunity for the students to make mistakes and be able to learn from them by changing their original thoughts

The students will be talking about this event for days they are really fired upPrizes were awarded by deputy Lord Lieutenant Mike Fox