Robots rampage to as­sault course win

In­no­va­tive de­signs are highly praised by judges

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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