UTC Sheffield Computing Students Make it Through to VEX Robotics National Competition

A team of Year 12 students at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park have made it through the regional heats of the VEX Robotics competition to secure their place competing at nationals. The team also took home Tournament Champions.

A total of 18 teams took part in the competition, held at De Montfort School in Evesham. Three of the teams were from our Olympic Legacy Park campus; a Year 13 team with their robot Sessel, a Year 12 team with their robot Sam and a Year 10 team with their robot Suzanne.

The teams were well received with lots of positive comments from other teams on how great their robots were performing, particularly the autonomous mode that teams worked on during the day, which demonstrated the advanced programming students have been learning in their lessons.

Commenting on the competition, Curriculum Director for Computing at UTC Sheffield, Colin, said: ‘All teams competed valiantly showing DRIVE to excellence in true Olympic Legacy Park style. Year 12 and Year 13 made alliances early on with other teams and both managed to reach the final. At the end, the Year 12 team took home Tournament Champions and now have a place to compete at the national finals.’

Continuing: ‘The Year 10 team also fought valiantly constantly improving their design throughout the day, with sights set on the next competition in January to also try to win a national spot. It was a great day all round and I could not be prouder.’

As well as winning Tournament Champions, the Year 12 team scored 85, a national record, only to break that two rounds later with a higher score of 93.

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