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Lego Robotics competition

Following the success of the Robotics Festivals over the last two years, attended by over 60 Primary School students, we held our third festival for Year 4 and 5 pupils. This focussed on the technological activities involved with Robotics and built on our previous success as World Champions in 2013.

Nine students from different Bath primary schools attended with staff.  The schools were Batheaston Primary, Combe Down Primary, Freshford Primary, Newbridge Primary, Roundhill Primary, St Saviour’s Juniors, WASPS, and Widcombe.  16 Ralph Allen students acted as mentors and presenters on the day.  The Ralph Allen School mentors worked with the KS2 students to develop their teamwork and public speaking skills.

The Lego robotics equipment used on the day was paid for by The Medlock Trust and the Cross Manufacturing Company.  Mandy Workman, parents of Max and Freya Workman who were in the original team of 2013 Lego world champions and who were acting as mentors on Tuesday, said, ‘It is great to see their generosity being put to such good use.’

John Chantry, Vice Principal, who helped to organise the event, said, ‘It was a fabulous day for many different reasons.  Congratulations to all the prize winners and especially Combe Down one of whose teams was the overall winner, but all the teams were terrific and contributed to a great day.  This was our third Robotics festival and it was great to see the way that the event has developed Our students love to share their expertise with the primary students who were clearly very enthusiastic throughout, so it was genuinely a win-win event.   Some of the Ralph Allen roboteers themselves had attended this festival as primary students two years ago.’

Mr Mat Croft, Head of Physics and STEM, who also helped to organise the event, said, ‘The aim of the day was to introduce pupils to the concept of Robotics, to give pupils hands-on experience of using the latest Lego Robotics EV3 kits and to introduce teachers / TAs to the skills that can be developed through using Lego Robotics and opportunities for introduction back in school. ‘

The four categories of winners were:

Top Robotic Skills (highest number of activity/missions stars):  Freshford School, the Energy team.

Core Values (teamwork):  St Saviours School, the Eagles team.

Determination and Resilience:  WASPS, team name Mango Pig Robotics.

The best overall team was Combe Down Primary School, team name Geoff the rubber ducks.

The festival took place in the Lee Sixth Form Centre, and was attended by Mr Richard Pering, Education Manager for the First Lego League.  The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) runs the First Lego League competition in the UK, the winners of which go on to the Open European Championships and the World Championships.