Thursday, 6 June 2013

STEM Outreach: prize-giving for children’s robot designs

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​A group of school children were invited to the University of Northampton on 22 May for a prize-giving ceremony for a robot design competition that was set by the School of Science and Technology.

Pupils from six schools across Northamptonshire were selected to take part in an Engineering Extravaganza during National Science and Engineering Week in March, which was organised by Tricia Goodchild, STEM Co-ordinator from the University of Northampton.

As well as taking part in the fantastic workshops that the STEM Ambassadors carried out, the pupils were asked to design a special robot that could perform wonderful tasks.

The winners were Jaisie Burnett from Bugbrooke Primary School, who designed The Transporter 2000 and Millie Berrill from The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, who designed Mummy’s Little Helper. They both won a Mindstorm Lego Robot each.

Two runners up prizes were awarded to Elle Huckerby from Studfall Junior School for the Robo Teddy and Diane Petruhina from Vernon Terrace Primary for the Crazy Robot. Special awards for creativity and imagination went to Luke Smith and brother and sister team, Sophie and Luke O’Connor, all from Southend Infant School.

The prizes were presented by Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Executive Dean of the School of Science and Technology and Duncan Middleton, Chairman of the Northants Engineering Training Partnership and Technical Director of Festo UK.

The winning pupils were then able to see their robot designs in 3D in the High Definition Active Cube in the NVision Centre.

Tricia Goodchild organised the competition along with Jon Adams, Head of Engineering. She commented:”All 700 entries were wonderful, but the winners and runners up were fantastic. They were so enthusiastic and full of energy and were in awe of the inspiring immersive 3D modelling which NVision, particularly Kelly Sealy, had put together. To be able to get inside the robot they had designed on paper was an amazing experience.”

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