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Problem-solving skills are put to the test in technology tournament

Before half term, eight UTC Reading students took part in a technology tournament at The Bulmershe School.

The event was organised and run by the Reading Rotary Club and UTC Reading entered two teams; “Star Tech” and “Trident”. Each team comprised four students, who were tasked with a real-world problem of creating a device to remove blockages from oil pipe systems. They had to build and test their prototypes and create electronic motorised vehicles, which had to move back and forth through piping.

Students assigned roles within their teams to ensure everyone was playing an equal part throughout the competition. To create more of a challenge, they were given a limited number of materials so their problem-solving skills were put to the test.

20 teams from a range of schools in Berkshire took part in the tournament. Each team had to create a portfolio and we were delighted to see UTC Reading team Star Tech achieve high commendations for their fantastic portfolio entry.

Stephanie Mitchell, Director of Industry Relations, commented: “The tournament provided a valuable opportunity for students to learn about the iterative design process and the importance of testing designs throughout development. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to partaking in further events like this in future.”

Well done to all students who took part:

Star Tech 
Evelyn Errington
Emilie Diaz
Monique Martin
Rhiannon Dodson-Edwards

Trident
George Hindmarsh
Harry Snell
Emma Clarke
Jamoi Sill 
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