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Technology Tournament

Technology Tournament

On Thursday 15th November, Design & Technology took three teams to John Hampden Grammar school to take part  in the annual Rotary Club Technology Tournament.

A total of 30 teams entered from schools all around the county. The competition challenged the students to grapple with a surprise task presented to them on arrival. It involved a whole day creating a working solution to the challenge, and presenting a portfolio of evidence to show the development of their product.

The task this year was ‘Beacon’. GMS entered teams into each of the categories; Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced. They could only use the materials provided to design and construct a mechanical way of making a light flash (in various ways depending on the team category). The light needed to be positioned atop a frame and the whole product needed to be branded to give it an aesthetic appeal. Teams also submitted portfolios to show their teamwork, thought processes, and the development of the solution.

Students worked tirelessly throughout the day and all of the teams produced fantastic solutions that were seen to work remarkably well.

Although not a winner this year, the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained confidence in their abilities; the standard of their work has improved from being in competition against the other schools in the area.

DT very much look forward to next year’s competition! GMS congratulates all our participants and their teachers for supporting this enterprise: well done.


Foundation (KS3)

  • Rhys Sandalls
  • Charlie Rhymer
  • Emmalene Gentry
  • Ed Drummond

Intermediate (KS4)

  • Persia Dance
  • Hasnat Khan
  • Martin Bignall
  • Monty Avery

Advanced (KS5)

  • Amantha Kulasekara
  • Ellie Braint
  • Rowan Baxter
  • Billy McCloud
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