UTC crane designers win tournament

Words and photos by Dave Barry

About 50 young people were challenged to design a miniature crane, in Scarborough Rotary’s 10th annual young-technician tournament.

They were presented with a scenario which involved a derailed train carrying hazardous chemicals.

The delicate, volatile load has to carefully removed by a specially designed crane.

The University Technical College A team came out on top, winning the intermediate, advanced and Paul Curry trophies for the best overall performance.

The UTC’s full-time engineering students are studying for GCSEs alongside engineering.

Staged at the Rugby Club, the tournament was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd.

Mr Dodd is an engineer and chairman of an engineering company which he started. He has a keen interest in encouraging young people to take up engineering.

Besides the UTC, the other winners represented Graham and Scalby schools. Everyone who took part was awarded a certificate.

Teams of four had to prepare a portfolio explaining how they intended to approach the task. This was followed by construction and testing.

Mr Dodd praised the dedication of the students in their application to the task and their obvious enjoyment in rising to the challenge.

He stressed the importance of the need for more students to take up engineering as a career.

The tournament was sponsored by McCain.