Robot-loving Witchford students to compete in two major competitions

PUBLISHED: 10:21 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 23 October 2018

Robot-loving students from Witchford are set to take part in two major competitions. Picture: WVC

Robot-loving students from Witchford are set to take part in two major competitions. Picture: WVC

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A handful of Witchford students are set to compete in two major robotics competitions this year.

Robot-loving students from Witchford are set to take part in two major competitions. Picture: WVCRobot-loving students from Witchford are set to take part in two major competitions. Picture: WVC

The robot-loving Witchford Village College pupils will compete in the VEX Robotics Competition, where they have played before, and the FIRST Tech Challenge.

A spokesman said: “FIRST Tech Challenge UK is a charity on a mission to transform the UK’s relationship with science, technology, engineering, and maths.”

The competitions are in conjunction with the college’s ‘Spark’ programme. The school recently received a double-decker bus from Greys of Ely for the project.

Georgina Wright, assistant principal in charge of the programme, said: “The programme is designed to identify any student’s particular skills, talents, expertise and potential and provide them with the opportunities to enhance them further.”

The pupils recently attended the launch event for the FIRST competition and learned about the 2018 to 2019 game, ‘Rover Ruckus’.

The spokesman added: “The goal over the next months will be to construct a robot to complete the challenge.

“Deadlines are tight, the first contest being an unofficial ‘scrimmage’ in January against local schools.

“The challenge culminates in a two- day competition at the Big Bang Fair in March 2019 at the NEC.”

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