School Robot competition

This national competition is for schoolchildren aged 8 – 14, with prizes including:

  • a trip to London
  • an iPad Pro
  • a MiRo-E educational robot for the winning school

But there’s not long left to enter – entries close at midnight on 9th June 2019.

Students will build a virtual Mars Rover on freely available augmented reality, then use their robot to undertake a series of missions over the surface of a planet’s challenging surface.

It’s an exciting STEM learning experience that can be linked to the curriculum through associated teaching materials.

The competition will enable schoolchildren to acquire fundamental skills in robotics and engineering, whilst also being encouraged to be creative and experiment in tackling challenges of increasing difficulty.

During the design phase, students will have access to a series of test terrains, and once their confident, they can set out to undertake the missions. Robots that go the furthest, or complete the missions in the fastest time, will be put to a panel of expert judges to select the overall winner.

When robots fail, students will be given feedback on what went wrong, and will be encouraged to revise their designs and try again – just like with real robotics!

The software is freely available from the competition website, and is available for both iOS and Android devices (see below for more details on the competition entails).

Anyone can download the app and have a go at designing and programming a robot without entering it into the competition, but it’s particularly suited to teams of students working together.

A number of school visits are planned to demonstrate the app and provide more information on how to get involved in the competition – schools can express an interest in a visit by completing a short online form: https://www.ukras.org/school-robot-competition/school-visits/

The competition was developed in an exclusive partnership by educational publishers Twinkl and the EPSRC UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network), to give young students across the UK an insight into robotics and the opportunities the UK has to offer.

Competition winners will be announced at the International Robotics Showcase – the highlight event of UK Robotics Week – to be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 27th June 2019.

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