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Sheringham High students are top British team

Just Regional
Mar 22, 2016 2 mins read

Six students from Sheringham High School were the top performing British team last week at the Vienna International Robot Challenge. Teams from all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Hungary, China and Poland, entered over 700 robots in 17 categories in a bid to become champion programmers.

The six, pictured, travelled to Vienna with their teachers Rob Hazelwood and Linda Melton. “We have competed for the last 2 years,” said Mr Hazelwood, “but our two robots this year were our best shot at the title so far and they didn’t disappoint.”

The robots, named ‘Jaffa Biscuits’ and ‘Cleminator II’ were entered in the Lego Linefollower and Sumo categories; competitions in which intricate routes must be followed and battles fought against other robots in a sumo style battle-pit. The robots, programmed expertly by the students to react independently to the challenges set by the contest directors, had been painstakingly constructed over the past 3 months with the help of a ‘pit-crew’ of fellow students at the School during their evening Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) club lessons.

The impressive Aula der Wissenschaften venue, in the centre of Vienna, has hosted the event each year since 2004 and competition is fierce. After flying from Stanstead and arriving with some time for sightseeing, the team weighed up the opposition ready for qualifying on Sunday morning. Mr Hazelwood said, “Despite some teething problems, the quick-thinking and talented team made running changes which made all the difference.”

The team’s robots achieved 22nd place out of 70 in the line-follower category and 50th out of 180 robots in the sumo battles, making them top British entry.

Headteacher, Dr Andrew Richardson, said, “I’m deeply proud of the students. Not only did they achieve outstanding results against teams mainly made up of universities and adults, but they were perfect sportsmen. We are looking forward to 2017!”

Robot Champions: George Padolsey , Henry Mixer , Benjamin Candlish, Henry Mixer, Joshua Turner, Finan Geoghan-Philp.

Robot Champions: George Padolsey , Henry Mixer , Benjamin Candlish, Henry Mixer, Joshua Turner, Finan Geoghan-Philp.

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