Techno-kids save the day

Rotary Technology Challenge at North Bridge Leisure Centre.'Rishworth School students, from the left, Hannah Marshall, 15, Annalea Staples, 15, Harry Dobson, 14 and Simon Bartolo, 14
Rotary Technology Challenge at North Bridge Leisure Centre.'Rishworth School students, from the left, Hannah Marshall, 15, Annalea Staples, 15, Harry Dobson, 14 and Simon Bartolo, 14

MORE than 100 students took part in an operation to save a disastrous chemical spill from running on to a railway line.

Luckily, the spill was only an imaginary scenario for the thirteen school taking part in a Rotary Club Technology Tournament at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

The competition was organised by Rotary clubs within Calderdale and was one of a number occurring throughout Yorkshire.

Students were tasked with designing a crane capable of moving forward, under a low bridge, and then to utilise an electrically operated lifting mechanism to raise a damaged container from a derailed carriage and to return it back along the track to a safe area. The assignment was based on three levels, ‘basic’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’, based on the children’s age.

A total of 146 students split into 37 teams, as they attempted to win commemorative plaques for their schools.

But unfortunately, no teams were able to complete their designs in the time allowed, so the judges made their decisions based on what the teams had by the end of the day.

The winners were Brooksbank School, who won the basic award, Rishworth School for the intermediate award and North Halifax Grammar won the advanced award.

They were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Calderdale, Keith Watson and by the President of the Rotary Club of Halifax, David Nash.

Rotarian Peter Lloyd said the students had worked hard to create their designs.

“I would like to thank the judges, organisers and the Rotary clubs who have supported the day, and of course the students for their efforts,” he said.

“I would also like to thank our main sponsors, Appleyard Lees and Marshalls of Southowram.

“It’s been a fun learning day all and the children can return to their school proud of their achievements,” he added.