Rotary badge      2011 TOURNAMENT        
This event was held at the John Charles Sports Centre, Leeds LS11 5DJ
 on Tuesday March 8th 2011.

 banner and prizes 

For the fifth year running, teams from Leeds schools participated in the Tournament run by the Leeds Rotary Clubs. The event was attended by both the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor James McKenna, and Rotarian Roger Percival, the Governor of Rotary District 1040.  

The teams had to tackle a Task of which they were unaware until the start of the day. This Task was to design, develop, build, and test, a model crane capable of recovering a ‘dangerous radioactive container' from a ‘rail crash'. The container had to be removed from the rail truck at the crash site and moved to safety. In the Intermediate and Advanced tasks, they had traverse under a low bridge. The Advanced teams had also to automatically uncouple the container.

The crane had to be made from limited resources, such as strips of wood, dowel, wire, cardboard, glue, string etc. The teams had to produce a ‘portfolio' documenting their ideas, designs, test results etc. The judges were Rotarians and Industrialists with backgrounds in engineering, technology and education.

Prizes were presented by Past Assistant Governor, Erwin Goldstein (who pioneered the Leeds event), for the best project in each of the three categories - Basic, Intermediate and Advanced - won respectively by Roundhay School, Ralph Thoresby School, and Leeds City College (Team 1). A prize was also awarded to the students who developed the most innovative design, even though this proved not to be the most practical or successful. This prize was won by the basic team from Temple Moor School.


Congratulations to all who took part, and especially to the winning teams.

    Winners basic -small  winners Innovation - small  winners advanced with model   winners Intermediate - small

 The winning teams are pictured above (l to r): Roundhay School (Basic), Temple Moor (Innovation Prize), Leeds City College Team 1, with their winning 'Crane', and Ralph Thoresby School (Intermediate). 

The day was most enjoyable for the participants and organisers alike, and a rewarding challenge for the students, which tested their knowledge and ingenuity, as well as their manual skills and ability to work in a team.



Round Basic Team - small  Leeds City Coll Testing - small  R T Int at work  

Here are pictures of the teams at work or testing their model crane.

The day was possible thanks to the sponsorship and involvement of Education Leeds, industrial firms, Leeds City Councillors, as well as the schools and their students - and the many Rotarians who took part in running the event.

**** NEWSFLASH - District 1040 Final ****


The winners of the Advanced Group 2010 - Leeds City College (Team 1) - also won the District 1040 Final.The winning entries from all of this year's Tournaments in the District were re-examined by Judges in Harrogate on 29th March. Leeds City College won the Advanced category. Well done Leeds City College - congratulations to the team.


Rotarians in District 1040 have been given the honour of organising the task to be set for the whole of RIBI (Rotary in Britain and Ireland) to take place on Tuesday 6th March 2012.

Will your School be there?

Tournament Banner


 Page Last updated: 28/11/2013