QEGS put to the test by BAE Systems and EDF Energy

Friday 15th March, a group of ten Design Technology pupils and students took part in the annual Rotary International Technology Tournament which was sponsored by BAE Systems and EDF Energy.  It was a huge event with schools across Blackburn with Darwen and the Ribble Valley taking part.

The challenging brief was to design and build a wheeled device, to move along a track that could pick up a container with a magnetic hook, which then had to take the container back along the track and place it down.  In addition, the Intermediate teams had to pass under a low bridge on each journey there and back.  Advanced teams had the bridge a little closer to the container, and had to place the container onto a target, then release the magnetic hook to complete the task.

Our pupils and students enjoyed a great day putting different solutions forward, using wood, glue, wire, string and an electric motor.  All QEGS teams where focused and fabulous ambassadors of our school.  They developed team work skills, had to meet deadlines, planning and design abilities were put to the test as well as building and performance skills.

The teams achieved some outstanding results on the day, chief judge, Don Fraser-Clark, commented on the high standard of entries this year with, what was a very challenging project.

QEGS Foundation team consisted exclusively of four Year 8 pupils, teams from other schools in this section were Year 9 or above so a podium place of second was outstanding.

QEGS Advanced team were awarded a 1st place position

QEGS Staff team were also awarded a 1st place position.