Rotary Clubs of York
Report of the 2020 event
The Rotary Clubs of York, Ainsty & Vikings
Department of Computer Science
Department of Electronics
and Admissions Office
16th York Area Technology Tournament March 10th 2020
On Tuesday 10th March, 27 teams from 8 local schools met at Portakabin to compete in the annual Technology Tournament.
It was organised by a team of Rotarians, from the 3 York Rotary groups, led by Martin Simpson of York Ainsty and Trevor Woodward.
The students’ task was to make a machine propelled by a weight that would run along an upward-sloping track. Each team of four had to produce the machine from materials supplied, to name and decorate it and to write a portfolio to explain their thinking.
The Judges were ably led by mechanical engineer Richard Gibbon OBE and included York Rotary’s Chris Birch, Dave Marchant and Philip Wiltshire.
Special Guests were Chris Ledgard, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker, accompanied by the Sheriff of York Mrs Jo Trythall, District 1040 Governor Manoj Joshi, his wife Bhavna and the 3 York Rotary Presidents. All showed great interest and were impressed with the young peoples’ inventiveness and skill.
During the break for final judging, presentations were made by Rotarian Rebecca Mendoza who explained about RYLA, by representatives from Portakabin about the company and its apprenticeships and by Trevor Woodward who introduced Interact.
Many thanks to Portakabin who once again made us very welcome.
Not only was the room and equipment made available but its catering team supplied ample refreshments and a tasty light lunch for the special guests
Eileen Davis, Organising committee