Local Schools Compete in Rotary Schools Technology Tournament at Northern Regional College

Friday

Northern Regional College, in partnership with Ballymena Rotary Club, held a local schools technology tournament yesterday at the College’s Farm Lodge campus. The competition was supported and sponsored by local businesses and comprised of 18 teams of Year 10 students from schools in the Ballymena area including St Benedict’s College, Ballymena Academy, St Louis Grammar School, Cambridge House Grammar School, St Patrick’s College, Slemish College, Castle Tower School, Dunclug College and Cullybackey College.

During the one day competition, each team was given an unseen technical task – in this case to design, build and test a bridge across a river which would allow for the passage of tall ships.  Solutions were tested and judged against competing teams.  

Jim Briggs, from Ballymena Rotary Club, explained:  “For some years Rotary clubs throughout the UK and Ireland have been holding technological events designed to inspire school children to consider STEM subjects. This year we were delighted to bring our first event to Ballymena.

“All nine schools in the area entered teams and I thank them for their support and participation. Additionally, the day would not have been possible without our partners in Northern Regional College and our sponsors from a range of businesses in the area.  Without their generosity we could not have made this event the success that it was."

The victorious team was Ballymena Academy who received £200 for their school.  Runner Up was St Louis Grammar School.  All competitors also received formal certification from Sentinus which will form part of their education portfolio.

Barney Bryson, lecturer from Northern Regional College said:  “We were delighted to partner with Ballymena Rotary Club in this innovative technology tournament.  At Northern Regional College we recognise the growing importance of STEM and offer STEM based courses focused on the practical and industrial application of the subjects to help promote employment opportunities. This competition was an excellent opportunity for students to explore STEM related concepts, helping them to learn and understand in a fun and interesting way – and has come at the time when year 10 pupils are making their GCSE subject choices.  Our thanks go to the Ballymena Rotary Club for partnering with us and we look forward to developing this collaboration in the future.”

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