The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Harrow, Councillor Asad Omar and the Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, Councillor Harbhajan Singh attended our Rotary Technology Tournament on Tuesday 29th March 2011 at Bentley Wood High School for Girls in Harrow Weald. Thirteen teams from local schools had entered the three competitions (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced). The task this year was to build a coin sorting and counting machine from paper, carboard, glue, sticky tape, staples and pins. The Basic teams had to sort 1p and 2p coins, the Intermediate teams had to sort 1p, 2p, 5p, and 10p coins, and the Advanced had the added complication of 20p coins!
The pupils had a great time designing, prototyping and making their machines and only one machine completely failed to operate for the judges. The winning Basic team came from Bentley Wood High School for Girls, and involved a box with two measured coin-stacking tubes. The winning Intermediate team came from Mill Hill County High School, who also won the prize for the most innovative design. During testing, a card covered their sorting mechanism so that noone could copy their design!