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The Rotary Club of Hoddesdon

Technology Challenge 2016

By Lawrence Bone The Rotary Club of Hoddesdon

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Press Officer



For the 22nd year, the Clubs of Amwell, Hertford, Hertfrod Shires and Ware supported Hoddedon in putting on the biggest (and one of the best) Tournaments at Spotlight Hoddesdon on Tuesday 21st June.

10 schools entered 29 teams (116 young people) who were challenged on the day to plan, design, build and demonstrate bridge constructions varying in complexity (three age groups each with own Task). All had to support a 1 kg weight but junior bridges had a single span, intermediates had a  ramp which could be raised and seniors had two ramp sections.

As usual, it was amazing how little noise arose from so many youngsters as they concentrated the skills, technical know-how and teamwork learnt in their school curriculum. Two teacher teams designed and built model bridges also, when not indulging the opportunity to network with their counterparts.

Each team demonstrated their creation before a panel of Rotary judges and their efforts appeared shown on a large screen on the stage for all to appreciate.

Eventually, winners were declared: team members got inscribed medals and book tokens. Their school got a coveted Trophy. Awards were presented by the civic dignitaries shown:-  

  • Foundation Winners – Chauncy – Cllr Alexander Curtis, Deputy Mayor of Ware
  • Intermediate Winners – Haileybury – Cllr Dr Linda Radford, Mayor of Hertford
  • Advanced Winners Richard Hale – Cllr Ken Crofton, Chair of EHDC

Winning Teachers each got a bottle of wine from Past Mayor of Broxbourne Cllr Bren Perryman and each pupil contestant got a Mars bar. Through one or two cancellations there were even some left over!

Rotary greatly appreciated the support of Spotlight Broxbourne premises team, Lobster Pot caterers and our key Tournament sponsors , recorded in the programme, on a large advertisement and on laminated cards on each table.

The success of the day could be measured by the happy smiles of pupils, teachers, VIPs and Rotarian judges and stewards alike. This really was a prime example of Rotary in its local community, putting its experience, skills and enthusiasm to tremendously good effect for the benefit of the coming generation

John Hiscock

Past President and event Coordinator

The Rotary Club of Hoddesdon

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Registered charity number 270925

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