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North West England IET Tomorrows Engineers Robotics Challenge


On March 8th, Mr Rawlinson and our STEM Ambassador Dave Liddicott went with six students to the iStem centre at Preston College for day three of the North West England IET Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics Challenge. The team has been working hard during lunch and afterschool to prepare, and were competing against 18 other Secondary Schools.

They had to design and build a fully programmable robot, which would then carry out different missions. In addition, they had to present and defend their design to aerospace engineers from BAE and the RAF. They had to give a presentation on providing energy in space and finally complete an unseen teamwork task, which involved building a bridge to support a specified weight for a length of time.

The students were great and represented our school exceptionally.

We won two awards for:

Best Robot Design – aesthetics as well as functionality – If Jack and Finan invent a time machine by Year 11 Mr Rawlinson would not be shocked!

Group Research Presentation – Based on providing energy in space – big team effort and the students were fantastic, presenting to adults from different STEM industries.

Overall, they cannot have been far off qualifying for the national finals, which for a school that has just started doing these competitions is excellent.