Winchester Rotary Youth Technology Tournament
On 25th March, members of The Henry Beaufort School Staff and Winchester Rotary ran a Rotary Youth Technology Tournament during which 48 Henry Beaufort students, in groups of four, competed against each other to design, build and manoeuvre a model crane through a task.
The scenario given was that a train, carrying hazardous chemicals in a container, had been derailed and the container had fallen in to a gulley at the side of the track. The crane had to be used to recover the chemical container from a safe working distance, had to be moved to collect the container and then had to return it to the starting line.
A selection of materials were provided and the solution incorporated the use of wood, an electric motor, batteries, a pulley system, wheels and a magnetic lifting hook. It was also necessary to control the crane’s operations and movement remotely from a minimum distance of 800mm to the container placed some 900mm below the track.
Several teams achieved the task in the limited time available and demonstrated the effective use of teamwork, communication, planning and design to develop a solution and overcome the challenge.
Mr Applin Assistant Headteacher said “It was wonderful to see our young people so engaged with this fabulous event. All the students in groups of mixed ages and abilities did a great job. I would like to thank Winchester Rotatory Club for their support with this event.”
It is hoped that a similar Tournament will be run next March but with a different challenge and certainly this event was a huge success.