Students excel at Rotary Club technology tournament
AMONG the varied aims of Rotary is support of the local community, and to improve the personal development and skills of individuals.
These skills and qualities are often badly needed by industry, which benefits by having innovative employees.
Considering the importance of the engineering industry in the Mid-Ulster area, the members of Dungannon Rotary decided to hold the first Rotary Technology Tournament in Ireland.
This competition has been running for many years on the mainland with more than 5000 students having already participated.
Schools from all parts of Tyrone - Carrickmore, Cookstown, Coalisland, Ballygawley and Dungannon - provided teams of four youngsters.
The teams tackle a task, about which they, and their teachers, know nothing until the day.
They are required to design, develop, build and then test a specified model from the very limited resources supplied, such as strip wood, dowel, paper clips, tape, wire, cardboard, glue, elastic bands and so on.
The results are judged by a panel of Rotarians and industrialists with backgrounds in engineering, technology, enterprise and education. The whole event is completed during one school day.
This year the task was to build a weight powered vehicle able to complete a short uphill course.
The tournament is a challenge, but an enjoyable and rewarding experience for those taking part.
An interesting and fun day out is guaranteed for all, which will test their knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, application, manual skills and their ability to work in a team.
eachers also had a chance to participate, as an ‘Advanced’ Team.
The day is possible thanks to sponsorship from a number of sources - SW College, Sentinus, DRDNI, SEMTA, McAvoy Group, CDE Global, Chieftain Trailers, Dungannon Enterprise Centre and DCBEP - as well as the involvement of schools and their students, and the Rotarians who take part in the running of the event.
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