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The Prep School Technology team competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament at the Hewett Academy, Norwich, on Friday 9th March 2018.  Their task was to design and build a launch pad to fire a light-weight golf ball at least three metres vertically through a 300mm diameter hoop suspended above the launch site.  The ball had to land as close as possible to the launch site.  The team also had to explain the development of their device to the judges both verbally and through a design portfolio.

Our team, all from Year 8, consisted of Georgie Clarke, Millie English, Josh Howland and Liam Williams.  They competed in the Year 7 – 9 category.  The team’s device performed exceptionally well during unofficial tests and on several occasions launched the ball to hit the ceiling off the hall some six metres high!  However, during the official test a component failure caused a less successful launch of only 2.9 metres and meant the team finished in 4th place out of 10 teams; just outside the podium places.  The team’s disappointment was short-lived, however.  All twenty teams in the tournament, including children on GCSE and A-level courses, were considered for the Most Promising Young Team award.  This award is given to the team, which the judges consider to have approached the task in the most organised manner and with the best teamwork.  The Gresham’s team were proud to win this award.

The children really enjoyed their engineering experience.  They competed well and conducted themselves brilliantly all day.