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Students recognised for science and technology achievements

Students who are part of our Robotics Club and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Club are celebrating two fantastic achievements.

A team of five students recently took part in the robotics First Tech Challenge regional event at RAF Cosford in Wolverhampton. As they finished in the top 17 teams, the students will now go on to compete against schools from across the country in the national final taking place in London at the end of March.

Since the start of the school year Harry Weston, Isabel Hampton, George Hatfield, Nathan Reader and Harvey Neale have been designing, building and programming a robot – named BP-8 – which had to have autonomous and driver-controlled phases. During the regional event, which saw the team compete against other students from across the midlands, the robot was challenged to stack blocks and transfer them between different areas.  

The First Tech Challenge encourages students to join a worldwide community of young innovators and the top teams from the national final will go on to compete in the global championships.

Isabel Hampton, who completed all the coding to ensure the team's robot functioned correctly, commented: "We really enjoyed the event and it was interesting to compete with the other teams' robots, as well as learn from our performance about what needs to be improved for next time."

Additionally, 10 STEM Club students have received Bronze certificates in the nationally recognised CREST Awards, which aim to inspire young people to think and behave like working engineers and scientists. The students were recognised for designing their own investigation and recording the findings. The projects involved planning an experiment and writing up findings. Tasks the students completed included investigating the fizziness of bath bombs, the changes in coin density over time and what makes a perfect cup of tea!

Harry Weston, who received a Bronze Crest Award certificate, said: "I'm extremely proud to have received the bonze level Crest Award for my project about how the density of coins has changed over time."

Students recognised for science and technology achievements

Students recognised for science and technology achievements

Mr Elmougy, Second in Charge of Science at Bishop Perowne, added: "It's been well publicised that the UK has a shortage of skilled workers in the STEM industry, so through academic lessons, which are supported by our Broadening Horizons extra-curricular clubs, we aim to engage and inspire students' interests through study and practical opportunities.

"The First Tech Challenge and CREST Awards fit with our objective to make STEM subjects exciting and inclusive for all. They enable students to take what they've learnt in lessons and put the information into actual situations, whilst earning accreditations. Well done to all students on their achievements."

Updates about the development of the First Tech Challenge team's robot can be found by following BP-8-105 on Instagram.

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