Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge
Ten Year 9 students from Rastrick High School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Club recently took park in one of nine regional heats of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, which see students involved in “space missions”.
The event took place at Yorkshire Air Museum which hosted 16 teams (160 students) competing for a place at the National finals to be held at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 23 June 2016.
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 Rastrick student team has learnt how to build, program and control these autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting space missions. They have also had to research, design, and plan and present their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem - developed by LEGO Education with NASA.
Francesca and Leah have loved every minute saying, “ We have had a lot of fun during this project. Together, as a team, we have worked hard to ensure the project was ready and finished on time. We separated the roles so that everyone could participate and contribute. These roles included building, programming and researching.
First, we had to build the robot and then test programming it, using the different sensors, before making the obstacles for the seven different missions. This was quite difficult but we managed to build everything successfully and program the robot to do the different missions. Furthermore, we had to make a presentation on how to survive in space which we found very interesting and spent a lot of time finding the information we needed then making it presentable. We were really looking forward to the competition and hoped our team, ‘ Rastrick Martians’ was successful.”
Jade and Jess explain more about the challenge on the day: “The competition consisted of several challenges including: the team work challenge, the presentation, the robot design and programming and missions on the mat. We had two attempts to complete all seven missions within the 5 minute time limit. Most of the missions were successful but one or two had their faults.
As well as the robotics competitions, other events and activities were going on at the same time and five members of our team were allowed to go on the five-person bike with the driver being blindfolded, relying on the teams guidance to get to the end of the course.
Unfortunately the team didn’t make it to the National final, however, they did come away with the prize for the best robot design and an insight into possible future careers in the STEM fields.« Back to News