Events

‘Blast off’ for schools’ competition

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington, watches over prototype production

South Ribble Borough Council was proud to host an ‘out of this world’ science competition.

Organised by the Rotary Club of South Ribble and sponsored by BAE Systems, the Technology Tournament – in the afternoon of Friday, March 16 – saw more than 120 contestants from schools and colleges across the area go head-to-head and launch their very own ‘satellite.’

The task involved building and testing – from conception to launch – a satellite that could fly into the air, reach a certain height and then safely descend with the aid of a parachute.

And the winners on the day were: Walton-le-Dale High School in the foundation category and Hutton Grammar School in both the intermediate and advanced sections.

President of the Rotary Club of South Ribble, Ed Carson, said: “This is the 14th year that we’ve run this exciting event and the kids absolutely love coming.

“It’s a day of fun, science, technology, and teamwork – not to mention a lot of learning and personal development.

“We’re so grateful to BAE Systems for their support, and indebted to South Ribble Borough Council for hosting the event and providing lunch for everyone. Without them, this simply wouldn’t have been possible.

“The teams developed some great prototypes during the competition, and I’m just glad to see children take an interest in science and technology. Well done to everyone involved!”

The contestants were in good company on the day with one of the Rotary members being Peter Whiteside – the architect behind Leyland’s Civic Centre, where the event was held.

Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington also showed off his skills – launching a successful satellite first time.

He said: “The council is extremely proud to support events like these which inspire our youngsters and help to develop and harness their skills.

“It was fantastic to see just how hard they were all working on the designs and to see their faces light up when they launched their satellites.

“Everyone who attended on the day were an absolute credit to their schools and I would like to congratulate them all for all their hard work.

“It was a joy to be a part of the event.”