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The Rotary Coleraine President, Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens, and Mr M James, Loreto College Principal - View Full Size Image
The Rotary Coleraine President, Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens, and Mr M James, Loreto College Principal
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge - View Full Size Image
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge - View Full Size Image
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge - View Full Size Image
Loreto College students who took part in the local Rotary Technology Challenge
Award winners from Coleraine Grammar School at the local Rotary Technology Challenge - View Full Size Image
Award winners from Coleraine Grammar School at the local Rotary Technology Challenge
03/03/2017 ROTARY TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT HOSTED IN LORETO COLLEGE

The local heat of the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Technology Tournament was hosted in Loreto College Coleraine on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

The Rotary Technology Tournament competition for young people has been accredited by the British Science Association to the CREST Discovery  Awards.  The CREST Awards scheme is Britain’s largest and most widely recognised national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It is co-ordinated by the British Science Association, a charity which advances understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering.

The RIBI Technology Tournaments, held annually, are a day out for teams of four students with an interest in engineering, design, technology and science, to design and build a solution to an unseen technical task within a specific time frame. The teams need to have good communication skills, be well organised and able to show the stages of development of their task solution in a design portfolio. Each team’s solution as a working model is competitively tested and assessed by a team of judges. Recognition is given to the winning teams in each of three age categories.

President of RIBI, Nan McCreadie said: “Our Technology Tournament programme is one of a range of national youth competitions which Rotary runs annually to help develop the skills and talents of young people. At a time when industry is facing increasing shortages of skilled workers in the fields of science and technology, we are delighted that the RIBI Technology Tournament has been accredited to the CREST Awards Scheme and hope that this will result in more schools taking part.”

At the Coleraine event, teams from Loreto College, North Coast Integrated College and Coleraine Grammar School took part to a very high standard.  After a rigorous adjudication process, Coleraine Grammar School teams took first, second and third places – a wonderful hat-trick for the school.  Alderman Maura Hickey, Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens, presenting the prizes, paid tribute to the students from all the schools who had taken part in a tightly-contested competition in the course of the day.