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Team Heads to Final of UK Robotics Competition

A team from Launceston College has been selected to compete in the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. As a wildcard winner in the South West heat, they will go head to head with teams from across the country at The Big Bang Fair on Friday 17 March 2017.

The winning team of nine students from across Year 7, 8 and 9 built, programmed and controlled LEGO robots for a series of ‘space missions’. They have also had to research, design, plan and present their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem – developed by LEGO Education with NASA.

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.

Team leader George Mills said, ‘This is an exciting challenge, different from anything I’ve experienced before. We’ve loved the opportunity to try something new’, adding that the competition really tested his leadership skills.

The students in the TECHnicles team are Kian Hicks, George Mills, Evie Asman, Freddie Ward, Edward Lancaster, Alice Bariball, Izak Wright, Grace Lancaster and Grace James.

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

Chief Executive of EngineeringUK Paul Jackson said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry.

“Programmes such as the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aim to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering.”

Applications for the next round of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge are now open at robotics.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk.