Tournament 2011   

Held on Tuesday March 8th 2011.


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 Roundhay School
Intermediate Ralph Thoresby School
Advanced 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

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  

Pictures of the teams at work or testing their model.

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.



The winners of the Advanced Group 2011 - 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.


THE DESIGN TEAM for 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 3rd March 2015.