Tech-savvy year 9 Coleshill School students are celebrating their success in a regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Robotics Final.
The young programmers ‘E-FAV’ went head to head with six other schools in the region at the Lichfield Cathedral event on June 25. Their brief was to design a new autonomous vehicle, similar to a Mars Rover, and programme it to navigate its own way out of a rocky valley.
In addition to their success in this challenge, the teams were also judged on their communication, teamwork and distribution of resources. Coleshill fully embraced this challenge and successfully came second in the competition.
‘E-FAV’ were put forward for the competition after taking part in a STEM Day in March. The session: ‘The Autonomous Vehicle Challenge’ was organised by the Smallpeice Trust. Students were challenged to create their own working vehicle using Lego Midstorm kits that could be programmed to perform a series of tasks such as following a drawn path or avoiding obstacles. The teams then had to demonstrate the abilities of their vehicle and deliver a marketing pitch to the other teams.
Commenting after the team’s success in the the Lichfield competition, Nicola Duffield, STEM coordinator for the Coleshill School, said:
I could not be more proud of our students’ achievement at this event. They attacked the challenge head-on and their enthusiasm for technology and engineering has been inspiring. The opportunity to use these incredible pieces of technology in real-life scenarios has been priceless and this has opened their eyes to the world of STEM careers even further.”
As well as the competition, students also had the opportunity to talk to real engineers from local businesses, such as Jaguar Landrover, Zeiss and Rolls Royce.