Tech-friendly teens tackle Rotary challenge

8th March 2011.' TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT, FEATHERSTONE ROVERS, POST OFFICE ROAD, FEATHERSTONE.'Crane making.'Pictured L/R: Jess Penny, Eloise Bailey, Brogan Churm, Beth Conway'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
8th March 2011.' TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT, FEATHERSTONE ROVERS, POST OFFICE ROAD, FEATHERSTONE.'Crane making.'Pictured L/R: Jess Penny, Eloise Bailey, Brogan Churm, Beth Conway'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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TECH-SAVVY youngsters were under pressure this week to build a crane capable of lifting a canister of nuclear waste away from a derailed train.

The fictional disaster was part of a technology tournament organised by the district’s seven rotary clubs, who challenged 11 Wakefield schools to build model cranes using little more than timber and elastic bands.

The annual event saw students from Featherstone Technology College, Pontefract NEW College and Castleford High School taking part, with the latter scooping second place in the intermediate category.

Lee Brooke, head of design technology at Castleford High School, said: “The students worked really hard all day. We just got pipped at the post with the overall marks but it was a very close-run thing.”

The tournament is now in its fourth year and aims to challenge pupils with tricky tasks.

Alan Drewitt, president of Castleford Rotary Club, said: “The project is quite complex. I hope the children gained confidence to tackle the subject. It was about sharing ideas and teamwork.”