Young innovators impress judges at annual schools challenge

August 02 2016

MORE than 60 entries were received for a head to head between students from Brimsham Green and Chipping Sodbury schools in the annual Rotary Young Innovator Awards.

Textiles innovation winner Zoe Perry from Chipping Sodbury School.

MORE than 60 entries were received for a head to head between students from Brimsham Green and Chipping Sodbury schools in the annual Rotary Young Innovator Awards.
Pupils were judged in six categories at the competition held in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.   
Honours between the two schools were even, with Jordan Longdin from Chipping Sodbury School taking the overall young innovator title, while Brimsham Green’s Samuel Bidder won the the product design category.  
 There were also wins for Chipping Sodbury’s Zoe Perry for textiles and Toni Graham in the senior product design category.Brimsham Green’s other winners were Nathan Ross in graphics and Charlotte Stephenson in food technology.
The event, run by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, relies on local sponsorship and volunteers who gave up their time to judge the event.Business backers included Renishaw, Rolls-Royce and Hanson, while the Chipping Sodbury Town Lands Charity was also a supporter.
 A past winner of the challenge, Roxanne Pollard, is now a prototype engineer at Renishaw and she gave a presentation to the entrants while judges considered their verdict’
Event organiser Keith Pattison said: “I first became involved in the event many years ago as a design and technology teacher and then later as a judge.  
“After a gap of many years I had wondered if this event was still relevant in the 21st century. My conclusion after this event is a very resounding yes.”
 Meanwhile, food technology judge Ann Murray from the local Cooking4 cookery school said: “I was impressed at the enthusiasm and skill of the students.”