Student Robotics Final
For the seventh year running, The MFG Sixth Form Robotics team headed off to Newbury Racecourse for the Student Robotics 2017 Final Competition, in association with Southampton University.
This year the team was entirely new and consisted of seven MFG Year 12 students – Adam (team leader), Jacob, James, Brandon, Claire, George and Harry. The students are doing a mixture of A Level Computer Science and ICT courses and in their enrichment time have taken on the challenge of building a fully autonomous ‘robot’ and programming it to operate itself inside a purpose built arena.
The aim of this year’s competition was to build a robot that would collect ‘tokens’ that were worth differing amount of points and then return them to their particular zone…as easy as A, B, C as the competition was called. Each token (box) had different QR codes on them which the robot had to identify so that it could return them to their particular zone. There were a total of 54 teams competing from mainly the south of the country plus also a team from Germany.
The MFG Robotics team competed very well and developed the robot throughout the competition with different programming code plus several “hacks” to fix and mend it. The robot that completed the competition was a very different robot from the one that they started with! There was some superb teamwork and tactics used throughout the competition by the team, which resulted in them getting through the league stages and then through the first knockout rounds, to then be beaten in the next knockout round.
The whole team were very happy with the progress that they had made throughout the competition and are already looking forward to competing again next year with Jacob saying “I really enjoyed the whole experience and know we can do even better next year”. All staff involved (Mr Carpenter, Mrs Furniss and ICT Support Technician Mr Sapstead) all stated how proud they were of the team and were incredibly impressed at how they had all worked so well together and persisted to achieve reaching the knock out stage …bring on next year’s competition!