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Final Adjustment

2016 Results

            Foundation winners           Abbey Grange

            Intermediate Winners        Abbey Grange

            Advanced Winners              Ralph Thoresby

            Innovation prize    Benton Park Advanced


What Task did the teams tackle?

In the real world, oil-pipe lines can be over 900 miles long (Alaska) or be beneath the sea (e.g. North Sea).
As the oil is drawn from ground rock, debris can accumulate - even after initial filtering. If this happens, the debris can cause a blockage as well as slowing the oil flow down.
Breaking into such pipe lines is impracticable. So motorised "pigs" are sent along to collect the debris or move it to a suitable drainage point.

The Tasks required each team to make a suitable model to clear debris. They were given basic materials including strips of wood, dowel, paper clips, tape, wire, cardboard, glue, elastic bands and a small electric motor.
Making and testing the models required the teams to use a range of enterprise skills which were assessed
These life skills and qualities are much needed by the individual to progress better in life as well as benefitting industry by having innovative employees.
We aim to improve the personal development and skills of young individuals.

We were pleased to have received support from 

Leeds Beckett University
The University of Leeds 
Print Impressions
W.Yorks Branch of Architects 
12 City councillors who have contributed funds from their small budgets to enable the event
(Leeds Education Authority continue to be very supportive of our initiative)

The typical event:

Schools provided up to 3 teams of 4 youngsters, normally one at each of 3 levels which are

Foundation (Years 7, 8 and 9 - age 11 to 13 KS3), 

Intermediate (Years 10 and 11 - age 13 to 15 KS4) and 

Advanced (Years 12 and 13 - age 15 to 18 KS5).

The models were assessed by a small panel of Rotarians and Industrialists with backgrounds in engineering, technology, enterprise and education. During the event, they help to steer the teams by asking pointed questions during the day.

The whole event is completed during one school day.

The event was organised by 8 of the Leeds Rotary Clubs working together.
For an idea of what the event is all about, please see the reports of the previous tournaments by clicking on the menu tabs on the left.

Rotary Technology Tournaments have been held nationwide in the last few years, and 2016 was our ninth year. The number taking part nationwide is increasing yearly and the number of Centres running these Tournaments has expanded rapidly.
In District 1040 (Yorkshire), we started in Harrogate (2002), followed by Halifax (2004), York (2005), Skipton (2006), Leeds, Batley and Bradford (2007), Catterick 2008), and then Whitby (2009). This coming year some 154 centres will be active.
Our District 1040 has a design team consisting of engineers, industrialists and educationalists who design the Tasks for the whole of the UK

We welcome participation by all secondary Schools in Leeds by competing, - and by Sponsors, who assist with support and judging. 


Interested? - please use the contact tab on left hand side or email c.beddows@ntlworld.com  


Our next event is on 

Tuesday February 28th 2017

at the the John Charles Sports Centre 09.30- 15.00 



This page last updated: 15/04/2016.