Picture gallery: Technology tournament success for Broadland and Flegg High School pupils

Burgeoning technological minds were put to the test once more by the Rotary Club of Wroxham Bure Valley at Broadland High School last week.

Twelve teams competed in the rotary club's second annual technology tournament, including teachers and Rotary teams.

Pupils from the host school were joined by opponents from Flegg High School, near Martham, for the competition - which saw them set a task of designing a coin sorting machine.

David Prichard, president elect for the Rotary Club of Wroxham Bure Valley, said: 'We had three levels of difficulty and all had to make a coin sorting machine. The foundation teams had to separate 1ps and 2ps apart, all just using gravity and slots.

Then the intermediate teams had 5, 10 and 20ps and the advanced teams had to sort all five coins. The intermediate and advanced also had to make sure their coins dropped into their containers so that you could see how much there was.'

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The foundation level, year seven, was won by Broadland but intermediate, year eight, and advanced, year nine, were both won by Flegg.

The competition - which was sponsored by Hoveton yacht builders, Landamores, and Jewsons Builders Merchant - also saw North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb pop in to inspect the designs and speak to pupils.

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David added: 'Norman wasn't able to come last year, so we read out a note from him, but this year he came and he seemed very impressed.

'He went round and spoke to each of the teams and said a few words to say how impressed he was with their efforts.

'It all went very well. At Rotary we're looking to build up confidence and skills and have a partnership with Broadland High School, so we were pleased with it all.'

- To see more pictures from the technology tournament, see the picture gallery at the top-right of this page.

- Is your school holding an event? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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