This year Witchford Village College will be competing in two major robotics competitions, the VEX Robotics Competition (where we have competed before), and the latest – the FIRST® Tech Challenge. On Wednesday 10th October the two new Witchford FIRST teams attended the launch event with other local schools at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge. At the event the students learned about the new 2018-2019 game; ‘Rover Ruckus’ and received an extensive kit of structural, electrical and software components.
The goal over the next months will be to construct a robot to complete the challenge. Both teams are already hard at work assigning roles within the team, planning strategy and exploring design possibilities. Deadlines are tight, the first contest being an unofficial ‘scrimmage’ in January against local schools. The competition culminates in a two- day competition at the Big Bang Fair on 15 & 16 March next year at the NEC. The Big Bang Fair is an event celebrating Science and Engineering in the UK and is attended by around 80,000 young people each year.
FIRST® Tech Challenge UK is a charity on a mission to transform the UK’s relationship with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) – reaching, inspiring, and engaging the next generation of science and technology leaders through the provision of accessible, mentor-based educational programmes and competitions grounded in robotics. These fantastic opportunities for our students are being run in conjunction with the WVC Spark programme and we are very proud of the students involved.
Press release from Witchford Village College