Robots rampage to assault course win
Innovative designs are highly praised by judges
BUDDING engineers were successful at a robotics competition.
Teams of Chesham Grammar School students, staff, parents, grandparents and even a little brother recently took part in the Rampaging Chariots Robotics Competition in Capability Green, Luton.
There were 16 teams involved who took part in three events – a timed assault course, knockout sumo and robotic football.
Chesham Grammar School reached the quarter finals in football and sumo, and won the assault course, with Lavinia Phelan the ‘most accomplished driver by far’.
Pupil Will Oldman’s robot had gearing problems but made very aggressive grinding noises to scare the opposition. However, it was highly praised for its ambitious and innovative design.
The school was awarded joint first place for design with St Albans Boys’ School.
Pupil Danny Carter said: “The football was more stressful than all of my GCSEs!”
The hosting company, Selex ES is keen to recruit innovative designers and some of Chesham Grammar School’s students have done work experience there where they were taken on laboratory tours and shown some autonomous robots designed by the company’s graduates and apprentices.
The school’s physics teacher Tony Baker said: “We would like to thank everyone for their contributions, especially Alan Fletcher, one of our technology technicians for his engineering support.”
FIRST PLACE: Danny Carter, Lucia Anderson, Will Oldman and Lavinia Phelan