17 March 2010

Twenty secondary schools from all over Northamptonshire are competing to win a challenging engineering competition today.

The Rotary Technology Challenge provides an opportunity for students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem.

The one-day challenge for teams of 4 students from local schools and colleges will require the teams to undertake a previously unseen task against the clock of a design, build and test nature. Teams can enter at basic, intermediate or advanced levels.

The task is consistent with the requirements of the national curriculum and its execution develops team building, communication skills, planning and time management, as well as solving a design and technology problem.

The day culminates in the testing session when teams can see the performance of competing designs and solutions They will be assessed on their portfolio of design work and how well their finished design meets the challenge brief.

A secondary element of the day will see a group of English secondary school students undertake a crash course in journalism with the aim of producing a newsletter about the day’s events.

The event has been organised jointly by the Nene valley branch of the Rotary club, Northamptonshire County Council and the University of Northampton.

The aim of the event is to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.