Savvy students from Linton and Sawston win tech gongs in competition
Students from two nearby village schools picked up prizes at a technology competition.
Linton Village College (LVC) students picked up the best portfolio design award at the annual Design Technology tournament, a competition they had finished runner up in for the last two years, while Sawston Village College (SVC) grabbed the best teamwork accolade.
Eight year nine students from LVC travelled to Freemasons Hall in Cambridge for the competition, hosted by the Cambridge Rotary Club on February 5.
They were pitted against 12 other school teams including The Perse School, The Leys School, King’s School Ely and SVC.
The students representing LVC were Maisie Bruce, Florence Simmons, Ben Paterson, Harry Camp, Lauren Thomas, Francesca Robb, Lewis Faulkner and Andrew Martin.
The tournament encourages students to see design and technology as attractive and challenging, and this was the third year that LVC has entered the tournament, winning a runner-up prize in each of the two previous years.
Steve Groom, design technology teacher at LVC, said: “The challenge this year for the teams was to build a model green energy powered car which had to travel up a slight inclined ramp to a distance of one metre.
“The energy was provided by only a 200g mass which had to be utilised through a pulley system to power the vehicle forward whilst raising a decorative ‘green energy flag’ en route.”
The teams were assessed on their teamwork, methodology, problem-solving and creative design portfolio.
There were four categories for prizes, the overall winner and three runners-up.
Overall winners were King’s School Ely, while the best teamwork accolade went to SVC.
The problem-solving gong went to St Mary’s School, Cambridge and the best portfolio design award went to one of the LVC teams.
Mr Groom added: “This is the third year running that LVC has won best design portfolio and the school has shown that it is the most consistent school in the design element for the Rotary Technology Challenge.”
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