School team’s glory at robotics challenge

A team from Market Weighton School showcased their STEM skills at the NEC in Birmingham.
A team from Market Weighton School showcased their STEM skills at the NEC in Birmingham.

A team from The Market Weighton School was selected to compete in the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

As winners in the regional heat, they went head-to-head with teams from across the country at The Big Bang Fair in the NEC, Birmingham.

More than four hundred schools across the country took part in the Robotics Challenge, out of these just 28 schools were invited to take part in the final competition.

The winning team of six Year 8 students and four Year 9 students built, programmed and controlled a LEGO robot for a series of ‘aviation missions’.

Students also had to research, design and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem faced by STEM professionals in the aviation industry.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces student teams to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges.

The challenge aims to help students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.

The students in Team Falcon were Bethany Petch-Smith, Abi Mann, Hannah Telfer, Katie Tooke, Florence Grimes and Joe Green.

The Robotics Ambassadors that supported Team Falcon were Charlotte Stringer, Shelby Ashworth, Kacy Webster and Rachel Telfer.

The school is pleased to announce that Team Falcon were awarded Best Robot Design. This involved the team delivering a presentation to a group of engineers.

The engineers commended the students on how well and professionally they had delivered the presentation, it was ‘faultless’.

Research from EngineeringUK, who run the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, shows that communicating engineering careers to young people is vital for the future of the British economy.

Engineering UK’s chief executive Mark Titterington, said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to inspire more young people to consider a career in the industry.

“Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aims to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by an engineering career.”

For more information on the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge please visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/robotics