Robot wars

PUBLISHED: 17:24 06 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

TECHNOBOTTS: Oliver Wightwick, Eric Wieser and Andrew Wightwick with the robot they designed themselves and the Lego trophies they have won so far.
Photo: HELEN DRAKE

TECHNOBOTTS: Oliver Wightwick, Eric Wieser and Andrew Wightwick with the robot they designed themselves and the Lego trophies they have won so far. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

A TEAM of youngsters are thrilled to bits to be crossing the Atlantic next month to represent Britain in the world finals of a robot design competition. Bottisham Village College pupils Andrew Wightwick, 12 and Eric Wieser, 13, came second in the Lego

A TEAM of youngsters are "thrilled to bits" to be crossing the Atlantic next month to represent Britain in the world finals of a robot design competition.

Bottisham Village College pupils Andrew Wightwick, 12 and Eric Wieser, 13, came second in the Lego Mindstorms UK competition in Birmingham with Andrew's 10-year-old brother Oliver and their friend Luke Sheard from Norfolk.

Their 16in by 12in robot was built and programmed in eight weeks after school, under the supervision of coach and mother of two team members, Catherine Wightwick.

The hard work has paid off now that the four boys will travel to Atlanta, USA, to take part in the world finals, and the team are hopeful they can take the world title.

"They are thrilled to bits," said Mrs Wightwick.

"They haven't stopped smiling since the UK finals."

Mrs Wightwick said the team, named the TechnoBotts after their home village, are now appealing for sponsorship for the trip, which will cost around £5,000.

"It's a great honour to be going, but it's also very expensive," she said.

The team has already secured some sponsorship from The Institute of Physics, Microsoft and Set Point in Essex, but the team need more funding for their adventure.

Anyone interested in helping the TechnoBotts can contact them via email at TechnoBotts@gmail.com

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