A hundred students in technology tournament

A hundred students in technology tournament

On Friday, March 22nd, a hundred students aged 11-16+ will be competing in the first North East Technology Tournament, organised by Rotary North East.

Teams of four, from schools throughout the North East, will each be given materials and a challenge to complete a task. Prizes will be given to the best teams in each of three categories, based on the level of difficulty, so it is quite possible for the youngest team to win the most difficult challenge.

The Tournament aims to offer students an opportunity to develop skills in design and technology, and teamworking, problem solving and communication.

Prizes will be awarded by the Mayor of Sunderland – Cllr Lynda Scanlan.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan said:-

“This innovative tournament is a great opportunity for talented students from across the region to showcase their design and technology skills, and use them to compete to be named as among the best in the North East.

“ Our city and the region are noted for leading the way in this sector, and judges from local technology companies will not only there to judge all the entries,  but also to provide careers advice and encouragement to all those taking part.

“ I’d like to thank all those involved in organising the Technology Tournament, which is another example of community partners in the business, education and charitable sector working together to provide young people with encouragement and inspiration to meet difficult  challenges and achieve their best.”

The event will be opened by the local Rotary District Governor, Stewart Atkin, who is based in Sunderland. As he says “We believe it is vital to encourage students to take an interest in Technology. It helps provide the North East with the skills needed to keep its place in the World Marketplace. There are jobs here that we cannot fill from within our area.”

The Tournament judges are drawn from local technology companies, and representatives from local companies will also be available to discuss career paths and opportunities during breaks throughout the day.

The event is funded by local Rotary Clubs, and by support from local technology companies.

We are Particularly grateful to Argyle House School for hosting the event.

The Tournament starts at 9:15 a.m. and continues until about 3:30 p.m., when all the entries have been tested, and prizes awarded. However, there is very limited space for visitors so please make contact with organisers prior to any visit.


The tournament will be held at:

Argyle House School, 20 Thornhill Park. Sunderland, SR2 7LA


For more details, or if you would like to attend to take photos or videos, or interview some of the organisers or students, please contact:

Peter Chandler – Past District Governor        - 07801 193929 -

Chris Baylis – Assistant District Governor       – 07831119715 -

Tony Rundle – Tournament Steering Committee - 07785 342261 –