Tuesday 19th January 2010 by C. Freeman
There will be a definite focus on robots in the coming weeks as Design Technology have two projects in the pipeline. Firstly students from Brooke Weston have been invited to take part in a Roaming Robots competition, which involves all the Brooke Weston Partnership schools.
Kettering Science Academy is hosting the event on 3rd February where its team, along with those from Brooke Weston and Corby Business Academy will construct a remote controlled vehicle and then design an outer casing for it. Three teams of four from each school will take part and the robots will then battle it out in various competitions before awards are handed out.
The second event is Junk Bots and it will be run by Dr Scott Turner, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Computing at the University of Northampton. He will be working with 24 Year 8 students to construct robots out of junk. Some of the project will be based on the work of former student, Oliver Hawkes who undertook a Nuffield Bursary at the University under the guidance of Dr Turner.
DT teacher Mr Nigel Barrett said: 'Both these projects will really fire up the students; the Roaming Robots will be eligible for CREST certification while the Junk Bots project will also fulfil STEM criteria, highlighting the science, technology, engineering and mathematics involved.'