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Downham Market Academy wins Rotary tournament

Students from Methwold's Iceni  Academy, Downham Academy and Terrington St Clement High School take part in Downham Rotary Club's annual Technology Tournament in Downham Market Town Hall.

Students from Methwold's Iceni Academy, Downham Academy and Terrington St Clement High School take part in Downham Rotary Club's annual Technology Tournament in Downham Market Town Hall.

Young inventors from Downham Academy returned from a technical tournament victorious.

Downham Rotary Club once again challenged teenagers from across the area in its fourth technology tournament.

This year youngsters, aged between 13 and 16, were challenged to design and build a gripping device to safely handle a radioactive meteorite, which was represented by a tennis ball.

A total of 84 pupils from Downham Academy, Terrington St Clement High School and the Methwold Iceni Academy took part in Tuesday’s challenge.

One of the people behind the tournament was Rotarian Ray Starling.

He said: “It was a brilliant and rewarding day. What was most pleasing for us was the high percentage of teams who had constructed a model. I think they had great fun.”

Youngsters were all supplied with wood, dowel, rubber bands, string, small screws and drinking straws to create their devices.

The tournament, which was sponsored by BAE Systems, was split into three levels. Foundation youngsters were challenged to remove the ball from the box while intermediates had to get it to pass through the side of a plastic container. The advanced level had a panel was placed in the back of the container.

The 21 teams had to demonstrate their models which were judged by BAE’s Euan Lucie-Smith, Dr. Rob James, John Dewer, Joe Whitmore from Sutton Bridge Power Station and Lee Forbes.

Overall winners on the day were Downham Academy pupils Holly Leech, Maddie Hobday, Tegan Barlow and Liam Nelson.

They were presented with a trophy, medals and a model of a Tornado.

Peter Williams, who is chairman of the Rotary club’s Vocation Committee, said: “I was very impressed. They were all given the same kit and produced different things.”

- The Rotary Club is now selling raffle tickets for the first giant coffee morning.

The fundraiser will be supporting Riding for the Disabled, Macmillan, The Norfolk Hospice and Rotary charities.

Stalls will be set up and the raffle will be drawn in the Town Hall on Friday April 4, from 9am.

 

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