TECHNO whizzes at Arnold Lodge School in Leamington have been crowned National Robotics Champions.
And as a result, the pupils are set to travel to the USA to compete in the largest robotics competition in the world.
Three teams of pupils aged 11 to 13 took part in the VEX Robotics National Finals at Telford International Centre, competing against teams from all over the UK.
The action-packed days required pupils to design, build, and program a robot to execute the 2022-2023 VEX Robotics Competition game, Slapshot.
Year 7 pupils Freddie, Henry and Tom finished first in their age category, also collecting awards for programming skills, teamwork and the Excellence Award – the top award in the competition. The trio will now progress to the VEX Robotics World Championship, which is taking place in Dallas, Texas in May.
Also competing in the competition were Year 8 pupils Harrison and Henry, who finished in 35th place, and Zac and Killian, who finished in 17th.
Stuart Sweetman, Computer Science Teacher and the team’s advisor, said: “This is our first year competing at Arnold Lodge and the success has been so much more than I could have hoped for. To be National Champions in our first season is testament to the effort the pupils put in and their commitment to improve their robots. We’re going to need a bigger trophy cabinet.”
Headteacher David Preston added: “I am absolutely thrilled to see our young budding robotics engineers excel and proud to see them compete on a global stage in the World Championships. The teams have also demonstrated excellent teamwork and skill, something that is highly valued at Arnold Lodge.”