students tackling the Rotary technology challenge at Downham Market.

More than 50 students from four West Norfolk schools took part in a fun technology challenge held in Downham Market Town Hall.

Downham Market Rotary’s annual technology tournament drew teams from Downham Academy, Iceni Academy in Methwold, St Clement’s High School at Terrington St Clement and Wisbech Grammar School. 

The tournament aimed to challenge students’ creative skills, improve understanding of design, technology and also simple engineering.

Students worked in teams of four and the task scenario was to design and build a mobile railway crane to lift a cannister of waste from its derailed rail wagon and place it safely down the track. 

Teams were supplied with dowels, board, rubber bands, string and materials to make a small electric motor and various tools.

At the end of the allotted time, the teams tested their machines watched by the judges, including representatives from sponsors South Lynn-based SKF Cooper roller bearing manufacturer and event supporters from RAF Marham. Other judges were Rotarians and a university lecturer who specialised in engineering skills.

Teams from St Clement’s High won both the foundation and intermediate cups. Students from Downham Academy received medals for teamwork and St Clement’s High was also awarded the shield for best overall teams.