On Wednesday 4 March, a team of four pupils had a great opportunity to test their Design and Engineering skills at RIBI Rotary Schools’ Technology Tournament.
The task for the day was to build a flashing beacon, where light was connected to an electrical circuit with a device to turn the light on and off to make it flash. Teams were also required to produce a Project Portfolio to document and record their work.
I have to say that Team members embraced the challenge of; drawing, measuring, marking and cutting taking place from the word go. It was great to see the enthusiasm, communication and design thinking between Ben, Amelie, Luca and Rayaan. With their strong portfolio and unusual structure, they secured themselves second place!
After lunch, the structure and flashing beacon was put to the test with the team trying to meet all of the specification criteria. On the final presentation, the team managed to get 12 out of 20 flashes from their Flashing Beacon. The remaining 3 teams had more luck and scored more highly in the final test, putting Belmont into fifth place out of 32 schools.
Well done to the team for their first competition attended and reaching a high final position.
Mrs Van Der Westhuizen, Design and Technology