Rotary Technology Tournament
Chesham, Amersham and Gt Missenden Rotary Clubs invite local schools to participate in their competition every February.
Technology Tournaments are one-day events for teams of four students from local schools and colleges. Under supervised tournament conditions, students collectively work together to solve the previously unseen task whilst using oral, written and graphical communications skills to compile a project portfolio.
The Tournament was introduced to the Rotary Club of Chesham by the late Derek Upcott, who joined us from the Luton Club over 20 years ago. Derek made a point of interviewing our local head teachers, and ensuring that the project fitted in with their curriculum. The project has now spread throughout the country.
Youngsters in teams of four are asked to make a device out of a small range of simple ingredients. Marks are given for teamwork, planning, and a portfolio, as well as the success of the device. It is called a Tournament, rather than a competition, because it is hoped that all the teams will achieve a measure of success. There are different levels of difficulty, for different age groups. Teachers are encouraged to form a team.
The day culminates in a testing session when each team demonstrates their best solution to the task and is judged against the efforts of the competing teams in their age group. Students who successfully participate are eligible to apply for a CREST Discovery Award.
For more information please visit the Chesham Rotary website and search ‘Youth Competitions’ – http://www.cheshamrotary.co.uk
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