Money in the future will be sorted

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Young engineers had the chance to show off their budding skills in a challenge that saw them create money sorting machines.

Each spring the eight Rotary Clubs of Milton Keynes get together and organise a yearly technology tournament at Denbigh School.

A challenge of the mind for high school youngsters to problem solve, design and create with limited time and materials. This year was no exception, sponsored by Rail Care and Mirus IT, the school teams representing the Milton Keynes area were keen to get started.

Their challenge was to build a coin sorter which also counted the coins collected. In teams of four, they designed, thought and planned then selecting their best option they then began construction and testing. There were some terrific ideas. Most relied on the rolling gravity method and others on sifting and shaking.

A panel of Rotarians and sponsors judged the three age categories and made presentations to Denbigh and two teams from St. Paul’s Catholic School. The object of the day was team-work, exchange of ideas, manufacturing and testing, hoping to inspire and mentor the next set of engineers, product designers or architects.