Make It Work Robotics Challenge

On the 12th February 2019 two teams of Year 8 students left for St Helens College STEM Centre to take part in the St Helens heat of the Liverpool City Region Make it Work Robotics Challenge, supported by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, sponsored by CAL International and facilitated by All About STEM.

 

Our students were in a very privileged position as only schools local to the Liverpool area were able to take part and the skills they developed as a team were invaluable.  After a brief introduction, students had to build a functioning robot from scratch given only a tool kit and a full set of instructions.  Students then competed their robots against each other in an arena, where they operated their assembled robot to put tennis balls in a basket.

 

We managed to get through to the semi-finals before being knocked out by the eventual finalists. During their build, our students were busy engaging and networking with engineers and helpers who all had a background in STEM subjects.

 

Students really enjoyed the day especially the "robot shenanigans" in the arena during the battle rounds. A very big well done to Year 8...our engineers of the future??

 

Mrs Barker-Knowles

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