TWO teams of Year 9 King’s Ely Senior students competed in RoboCon 2019 in Cambridge on April 10th and 11th.

RoboCon is a robotics competition aimed at students in Years 9-11. It is free to enter and encourages students to build a basic robot to run in the competition. They can add to it however they like; the only limit is their imagination!

Throughout last term, the King’s Ely teams worked hard to each build a robot that could collect cubes and return them to their base in a set time. They had to collect their own coloured cubes and no one else’s! The robots had to be autonomous, in that they had to be programmed to do this without human intervention.

One team was led by James Schoenberg and the other team consisted of Jonathan Iles, Johnnie Rudd, William Biggs and Joseph Coppin. Mr Carberry helped with the design of the robots so that they had a way of holding the cubes when they were identified.

14 local schools competed in the event and although neither of King’s Ely’s teams got through to the final stages of the competition, the team of Jonathan, Jonnie, William and Joseph won the award for Best Engineering Design for their robot!

This was King’s Ely’s first time entering the competition and we will be entering again next year for sure. Well done to the students for their hard work both in the build-up and during the competition, and to Mr Carberry for his time and ingenuity!

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