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OBA are going out of this world!

A robotics team from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently attended a “kick-off” event at Cheadle Hulme High School for the launch of this year’s FIRST® Tech Challenge – Rover Ruckus.

‘Landship Enterprise’, the chosen name for the OBA team, consists of 14 Year 9 Students who aim to build and code their very own fully functioning robot to compete with and against 99 other teams from schools across the country.

The £2,000 robot kit should be able to move on its own as well as being controlled by a driver and complete a series of challenges on a playing field that mimics the surface of Mars. The team will be tasked with enabling the robot to move coloured balls and squares across the playing field, perform strategic movement around the area and design it with the capability to attach to a lander.

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

In the 2019 FIRST® Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space-themed game.

Science teacher, Harriet Smith said, “Our students really enjoyed their time with FIRST® Tech Challenge and were amazed that they would be working with materials equipped to deal with the rough terrain of Mars! The team could not wait to get back to school to unload the kit and start building their robot.”

Students will attend a regional practice at Cheadle Hulme High School in January prior to the national competition at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, Birmingham in March.

The team are also looking for a member of STEM industry to help them with building their robots and fine-tweaking their strategy. If you think you could help please get in contact with Miss Smith either via the school phone number or [email protected]