School students take giant leap to win national space engineering challenge

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A team of students from an Eastwood School have taken a giant leap towards future success after winning a top national robotics competition.

Nine students from Hall Park Academy teamed up to take on the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

They went head to head with teams from across the country at the national final held during The Big Bang West Midlands at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on June 23.

Working together, they built programmed and controlled LEGO robots for a series of ‘space missions’.

They also had to research, and present their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem, developed by LEGO Education with NASA.

Hall Park science teacher Emma Worker said: “I couldn’t be more proud of these students, who put in all those hours to build their robot and really rose to the challenge.

“Their hard work and dedication has really paid off, what an incredible achievement! I hope this experience will be an inspiration to them and their fellow students.”

The members of the winning team were Aaron Bastock-Penny, Luke Crook, Ben Crompton, Dexter Fairbank, Harry Hinkley, Hannah Lakritz, Libby Reddish, Aidan Shaw and Imogen Thomlinson, all aged 12-14.

Tomorrow’s Engineers spokesman Erika Smallridge said: “The Hall Park Academy team has shown remarkable skill in the design and programming of their robot and in working together to provide solutions to challenges they were set.

“I hope they will build on this success and continue to explore the world of robotics and engineering.”

The Tomorrow’s Engineers challenge introduces students to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges.

Paul Jackson, chief executive of Tomorrow’s Engineers parent organisation EngineeringUK, said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry.

“Programmes like this help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering.”

To apply to take part in the challenge, go online to www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk.