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Bishop's Stortford school students tackle Rotary challenge to build cranes in competition




Sixty students from five secondary schools took part in the Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford Youth Technology challenge.

The students, competing in teams of four, had to build a crane from a selection of supplied building materials.

There were three task levels for the tournament at Birchwood High School: foundation, intermediate and advanced.

The winning team in the advanced task category was from Hockerill Anglo-European College. They are shown here with Bishop’s Stortford Rotary Club president elect Allan Moyes and chief judge John Barfoot (24983576)
The winning team in the advanced task category was from Hockerill Anglo-European College. They are shown here with Bishop’s Stortford Rotary Club president elect Allan Moyes and chief judge John Barfoot (24983576)

The judges, John Barfoot, Richard Roscoe and Ian Hudson, assessed the students’ efforts and tested the cranes against the performance criteria.

The teams were marked on their design and technological abilities, as well as team-building, oral, written and communication skills.

The judges decided the foundation class champions were pupils at Herts and Essex High School while the intermediate title went to The Bishop’s Stortford High School. The advanced crown went to the Hockerill Anglo-European team of Benjamin Hofman, Kate Williams, Josie Hofer and Allan Lester.

All participants received certificates and the members of the three winning teams each received an iTunes voucher, presented by Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford vice-president Allan Moyes.

Spokesman Rick Waterhouse said: “The Rotary club wishes to thank Birchwood High School for once again hosting the event and especially the staff of the technology department for making us feel so welcome.

“We would also like to thank all the schools and staff members for participating. We appreciate that it is not always easy to arrange staff cover for such events off-site. We look forward to the new task in 2020.”



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