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Salford University Technology Competition

On Thursday the 1st of November 20 year 9 pupils went to Salford University to compete in the Technology Competition.  

The university had this to say: 

"Thank you for coming to the Technology Tournament. I cannot reiterate enough how well behaved your students were, they did your school and themselves proud!" 

Over the course of the day the pupils got to experiment with renewable energies, building their own wind turbine and solar farm in miniature. The pupils involved in this activity pushed themselves and challenged their thinking about not only their future on the planet but how we currently think about the environment.

Another group of pupils learned how to build solar powered cars. This challenge required the pupils to not only construct complex vehicles capable of moving across large distances but also to climb steep inclines.  Pupils in the category did themselves and the school proud as this was the challenge we won!

One challenge involved the flying of drones into radiation zones with pupils focusing on programming skills and developing logical thinking. This activity stretched the pupils ability to plan ahead and gave no room for error.

Pupils also focused on building a marble maze, requiring them to construct a system which would keep the ball moving for the longest time possible. With only paper and tape at hand pupils critical thinking skills were pushed to their breaking points.

Finally, the hardest challenge that pupils had to endure involved pupils creating a fully functioning crane. This challenge was so hard that even the teachers table struggled! Our pupils shined brightest here and were the only group  to develop a complex and working crane within the time limit, showing how teamwork can really bring out the best in us and help us achieve.

I want to thank the pupils involved for their hard work and effort, and Salford University for providing the opportunity for our pupils to further develop their understanding of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.