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5 March, 2018 - 16:34 By Kate Sweeney

Student engineers primed for Cambridge robotics challenge

Student engineers across the South East are flexing their muscles ahead of a major schools robotics competition in Cambridge this spring.

A technical day was hosted at Hills Road Sixth Form College in February ahead of Robocon 2018 – sponsored by property consultancy Cheffins – which sees 11 teams from schools across the region, put their robotics and engineering skills to the test on April 14 and 15.

Members from four teams received help with their autonomous robots from Hills Road students and mentors on the technical day.

David Massey, one of the competition organisers, said “The tech day was a great success with each team making progress towards their goals.”

The rules of the eagerly awaited April showdown were released at a launch event last November and teams have been busily building their robots in preparation for the competition.

Teams will be required to demonstrate the skills of their robots within a bespoke-built arena, provided by fit-out and design company, COEL.

The robots will have to pick up cubes and place them in designated areas of the arena. A robot that controls a cube will earn their team one point, two points if it puts a cube in the designated area and five points if the cube is placed in a bucket.

Hills Road student Samuel Clarke said: “The competition should be an amazing experience as it's always great to see the varied and innovative approaches that other teams have used with the design and the strategies of their robots to best complete the required tasks.”

Teams of between four to eight members from the following schools are taking part in Robocon 2018: Comberton Village College, Ely College, The Perse School, Collyer’s (Sussex), Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (Herts), Hazelwick School (Crawley), Haydon School (Hillingdon), Longsands Academy (St Neots), St Peter’s School (Huntingdon), The John Warner School (Herts) and Hills Road (Cambridge).

D• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: David Massey, one of the organisers with a student at Robocon 2018

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