Young engineers of the future took part in the Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford’s Youth Technology Competition and impressed the judges with their designs for a coin sorter.
Teams in three age groups were entered by Birchwood High School, who hosted the event, Bishop’s Stortford College, Herts & Essex High School, Hockerill Anglo-European College, Leventhorpe in Sawbridgeworth, St Mary’s Catholice School and The Bishop’s Stortford High School.
With just two hours to construct their designs and armed with pieces of wood, dowels, card, screws, drawing pins and a plywood base, pupils had to construct a coin sorter to sort and collect a combination of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins into separate coin collectors.
The models were judged by chief judge Colin Butler, Richard Roscoe and Duncan Forbes, all of whom have a wealth of engineering experience.
The senior section was won by the team from Bishop’s Stortford College (Toby Pryce, Fenton Connolly, Jonathan Miller, Peter Finch); the intermediate competition was won by The Bishop’s Stortford High School (George Welland, Harry James, Jonathan Pakala, Sam Shemwell) and the junior age group was won by the team from Leventhorpe School (Holly Panter, Odin Baker, Elin Mills, Oscar Vickers).
The Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford organises a number of Youth Competitions, mostly to a national pattern set by Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland.
The competitions, covering a wide range of skills, begin in November and end in June of the following year – Bishop’s Stortford will hold four more challenges – Youth Speaks, an Interschools Quiz, Young Musician and Young Chef.
President Jane Mitchell presented the winning teams with their prizes.
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