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Students take on creative challenge at Downham Market Rotary Club's annual technology tournament




Fifty students from across West Norfolk took on a creative challenge at Downham Rotary Club’s annual technology tournament last week.

Pupils from Downham Market Academy, Iceni Academy, St Clements High School, and Wisbech Grammar School attended the club’s ninth annual senior technology tournament, held at Downham Town Hall on Friday.

Students were tasked with designing and constructing a working model of a warning beacon with a flashing light.

Downham Market Rotary's Senior Technology Tournament at the Town Hall...Students From Downham Market Academy working on the project. (22464091)
Downham Market Rotary's Senior Technology Tournament at the Town Hall...Students From Downham Market Academy working on the project. (22464091)

Working in teams of four, they had four hours to complete the task, having been given the material to build the beacon’s structure and electrical equipment to make the flashing light.

Younger students were given the foundation task, and their beacons had to flash a minimum of 20 times, meanwhile older students had the intermediate task and their beacons were required to flash a minimum of 40 times.

The winners of the foundation task were St Clements, with Downham Market Academy the runners up. The intermediate prize was also won by St Clements, with Iceni Academy second.

Squadron Leader Ian Pickering, of RAF Marham which supports the tournament, presented a prize to the team who showed the best teamwork – St Clements.

The tournament’s sponsor, Cooper Roller Bearing of Lynn, provided a prize for the school whose students achieved the best overall performance – also St Clements.

Organiser Alan Culley, of Downham Rotary, thanked the schools and students for taking part, the judges – including representatives from SKF Cooper, RAF Marham and Downham Rotary – for their work throughout the day, and the Rotarians and their partners who helped make it a successful day.


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