On Tuesday 5th March a group of 12 Sherrardswood students, along with Mrs Campbell and Mrs Coupland went to represent Sherrardswood at the annual Rotary Club Design Technology tournament at Onslow St Audrey’s. The task this year was to remove some toxic waste from a roadway. To do this safely, they had to design and build a crane that could travel up to the waste, lift it using a magnet and return to its starting place with the waste, all while being controlled from a safe distance.
They were divided into teams:
Yr 9 – Luisa Alorati, Harry Milton, Lucy Gray and James Riccitelli
Yr 10 – Jack Roberts, Daniel Archer, Thomas Beechey and Jacob Gould
Yr 12 – Tomas May-Zambrano, Josh Pope, Amy Gilroy and George Gaunt.
The students had to complete a portfolio with their designs, supporting their ideas and explaining their reasoning behind their choices.
The Year 9 went for a design that used a stick to remotely control the crane and string to lift the waste. The Year 10 team had a slightly harder task in that they had to get their crane under a bridge, lift the waste and then reverse back under the bridge. The Year 12 task was the same as the Year 10 one, but their bridge was lower making the retrieval of the waste quite hard.
All teams made functioning cranes as they all successfully, and safely, removed the waste and each team came second in their age group.
I am extremely proud of how the students worked. They planned well, divided up the tasks and there were very few disagreements as they planned their projects!