This week I had the pleasure of judging the Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics Challenge. This event saw 12 schools compete in a freezing cold RAF Museum in Hendon to win a place at the finals at the Big Bang Fair in March.
All the robots were built using the same Lego Mindstorms kit. There were two key challenges. In the speed test, the robots had to run along a 4m track. In the robotics challenge students could use a variety of techniques to navigate around the board and pick up objects. Students were also assessed on their robot’s design and programming and their process and teamwork. Some ingenious mechanical contraptions were created to grab, pinch and lift and some clever coding used to get the robots to behave. All-in-all it was encouraging to see some real engineering talent coming from this great initiative.
Congratulations to Reading Girls School and Camden School for Girls for qualifying for the finals in March.