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Students enjoy robotic competition at Stanmore College
TEENAGERS tested their science and building skills by entering their robots into an arena-based showdown.
Eight teams from five schools across south-east England had constructed their machines from VEX Robotics system kits designed for use in schools and universities and then brought them to Stanmore College in Elm Park for the regional final of the 2013 Vex Robotics Competition on Wednesday.
The contest took place in the form of a game called 'Sack Attack' where alliances of two teams have to get their robot to push and lift bean bags into coloured troughs and goals to earn points. Fifteen seconds of autonomous robot movement is following by 1m 45s of remote control driving by the team.
Attracta Rafter, the college's head of executive support, marketing and communications, said: "VEX Robotics contacted us to host the competition because they could see we were about to receive STEM (science, tecnhology, engineering and maths) Assured Status from the New Engineering Foundation and we are one of 10 colleges hosting a regional Big Bang Near Me youth science and engineering fair on March 8, which VEX Robotics wanted to get involved with.
"The robotics competition proved to be incredibly popular. The hall was so quiet, which is a rare for such a large group of young people, because they were were so concentrated and focused on the game."
The winning alliance were Virus Robotics from East Barnet School in Barnet, north London, and Glitch from Cheshunt School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire - who progress to the VEX UK National Championships, and while no local schools competed, they will get the chance to learn about the scheme at the Big Bang Near Me event.
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