After a COVID-enforced break of three years, members of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven again organised a Technology Tournament for schools in the Sleaford area. Staged in two groups – Junior (Year 8) and Senior (Year 10) – a total of 27 teams (112 students) represented: Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Carres Grammar School, St Georges Sleaford and St Georges Ruskington. The students were tasked with designing, building and testing an electrically-powered (battery) vehicle which could travel along an open pipeline to clear debris in the pipe and then reverse passing under a bridge – all within a 10 second timeframe. The task was designed by Rotary and was intended to exercise a number of skills helping students develop their STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Schools are currently very keen on this. The principal organisers were Rotarians John Webster and Bill Martindale who said: “The students trialled their vehicle on a test rig and were also expected to decorate it with a suitable charity logo. Once finished they were required to present a portfolio explaining the vehicle’s design and development and reasons for the chosen design.”
The year 8 winners were a team from St Georges Sleaford while the Year 10 winners came from Carres Grammar School.