Robot-loving Witchford students to compete in two major competitions

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 - Credit: Archant

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: WVC

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

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.”


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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.

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“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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