City of Norwich School

CNS students win at Rotary Technology Tournament

Last Friday a team of four students from CNS were crowned ‘Overall Winners’ of this year’s ‘Rotary Technology Tournament’ which was organised by the Rotary Club of Norwich and hosted at City of Norwich School.

In total, 16 CNS students took part in the 2020 tournament and competed against over 60 students from seven other schools in the region.  The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Vaughan Thomas and the Sheriff of Norwich, Dr Marian Prinsley both attended the event and handed out the awards to the students at the end of the competition.

The Technology Tournaments are a STEM related competition that enable students to enrich their learning.  They are also an opportunity for schools to compete against each other in a fun day out, testing the knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, application and manual skills of students, along with their ability to work in a team.

During the course of the day, students were given tasks that gradually increased in difficulty, including designing and building a flashing beacon.  The students were not given the brief until the start of the competition and they had to work independently to problem solve and manufacture a working model, with no help from teachers allowed.

The competition was presided over by members of the Rotary Club who were engineers and who have worked in the industry.  The awards were split into three categories (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5) with an ‘Overall Winner’ award also up for grabs.  Each winning team received a cash prize and a trophy. 

Teacher of Creative Technologies, Ms Hassan said “A big well done to the four CNS students who won their category (Key Stage 3) and then went on to become 2020 Overall Winners!  They worked fantastically as a team, achieving a very well-deserved win

Each year the Rotary Club runs a number of youth competitions in which thousands of young people take part.  The Rotary Club of Norwich organises several of these youth focused competitions, one of which is the Technology Tournament.