Elland kids are top of the techno tables

Rotary Tech Challenge intermediate winners from  Brooksbank School, Elland: Olivia Coukham, Lauren Johnson, Callum Pilling,  James Heaton, pictured with Rotary president Ian Firth and Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen

Rotary Tech Challenge intermediate winners from Brooksbank School, Elland: Olivia Coukham, Lauren Johnson, Callum Pilling, James Heaton, pictured with Rotary president Ian Firth and Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen

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Techno kids proved they’re savvy in the annual Rotary schools’ technology tournament.

Pupils’ from Brooksbank School, Elland, Rishworth School, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge High School, Sowerby Bridge, Hipperholme Grammar School, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe Academy, Lightcliffe, Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby, took part in the Tech Challenge, organised by the Rotary of Halifax, at Halifax Leisure Centre.

Three teams of key stage three, four and five students constructed a working drawbridge based on the design of London’s famous Tower Bridge.

The structure had to be strong enough to stand a pre-determined weight and tall enough to allow a model barge to pass underneath and a tall ship to pass when the bridge is fully drawn.

For older team members, their design specification required a warning light to indicate to water and road users that the bridge was about to be raised.

Brooksbank School design students proved they are at the forefront of design and technology in Calderdale as they scooped first prize in each key stage competition and pupils’ were presented with trophies and certificates by the Mayor of Calderdale coun Pat Allen.

Halifax Rotarian Richard Barrow, said: “Always in this tournament, great emphasis is placed on teamwork and communication skills.

“A return to using old manufacturing skills always proves to be very popular with the students, teachers and rotarians.”