7:30am Monday 21st October 2013
ELECTRONICS whizz-kids are hoping to set up a Robot Wars competition between schools in the area.
Budding engineers at Clacton County High School formed a robotics club this year.
And the school has purchased an intelligent adaptable robot for the club as part of an initiative to help students learn about science, technology, engineering and maths.
Students spent a day working in teams, taking part in games and challenges with the robots while receiving tutorials from the machine’s provider – Colchester-based company Rapid Electronics.
And they now want to set up a competition between schools in the area.
Rather than recreating the motorised mayhem of the televised Robot Wars series, they would pit their robot against machines from other schools in different tasks to score points.
School spokesman Simon Kedge said: “The idea behind the robot initiative is stimulate the children’s interest in engineering and fire up their imaginations a bit.
“We had someone from the supplier come in to show off the capabilities of the robots, and they kindly loaned as a few more for the day so everyone could get involved.
“We will be contacting other schools to see if they would be interested in jumping on board and creating a Robot Wars style event between us all."
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