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Roaming Robots

Roaming Robots
One of the Brooke Weston teams hard at work.
Wednesday 10th February 2010 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston students battled it out with their peers during an Inter-Academy Robot Wars style competition. The Roaming Robots event was held at Kettering Science Academy and their team, along with Year 9 students from Brooke Weston and Corby Business Academy took part.

All the teams had to construct robots which then battled it out in the arena. The action was overseen by John Findlay from Roaming Robots, who had constructed robots to compete in the classic Robot Wars competition.

Brooke Weston fielded three teams of four players and they had to construct durable robots from component chassis parts which they assembled themselves. After testing their design ideas out in prototype they then made full-size versions which were as durable as possible given the limitations of their cardboard and sticky-tape bodies.

DT Teacher Nigel Barrett said: 'The robots have to have two functions, to be able to play football and attack as well. The students have been working flat out to get their design complete and assembling the chassis was probably the hardest bit. All the students have been really focussed on their project and they particularly enjoyed the competition stages.'

Different teams competed against the clock in football and combat rounds and the project will count towards a Crest award as it involved five hours of design technology work.

Mr Stuart Milton, Head of DT at KSA said: 'We have previously done a project like this before but this year's was different because the students had to produce both a prototype and give a presentation. It's been a hive of activity and the motivation of the students has been brilliant.'

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