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National Robotics Competition

posted 8 Jul 2016, 05:02 by Kate Hayward-Pretty   [ updated 8 Jul 2016, 05:10 ]

The National Finals

 
“Many say exploration is part of our destiny, but it's actually our duty to future generations and their quest to ensure the survival of the human species.” -
Buzz Aldrin

An intrepid team of Lego, space and robot enthusiasts gathered at SHLA this year to take part in the Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. Our Academy was one of a hundred schools selected to take part across the UK. The main aspect of the competition was to build and programme a Lego robot to complete a series of space related challenges - we were provided with thousands of pounds worth of Lego Mindstorms equipment for this. The club ran each week after school and was a joint Computing and Science extracurricular programme to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to our students.

The students were invited to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham and then to a Regional Heat, where our team won the teamwork award and were overall winners. They were awarded a place at the national finals as one of the top 20 schools in the country. At national finals our students were once again brilliant, even though they did not win any awards, they finished 5th in the final league table. We are really proud of them - they worked so hard and were a credit to themselves and the school. The club will be offered again next year and we look forward to working with future robotics enthusiasts.
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