Junior School coders celebrate success at Rescue Simulation Taster Day
Last Friday, our Year 6 team participated in the first stage of the annual RoboCupJunior Robotics Competition. This is a national competition hosted by BT Education at their headquarters in Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. RoboCup consists of a number of competition leagues for different age groups, starting from Year 5 and extending upwards to university students and beyond.
Our Year 6s participate in the ‘RoboCupJunior Rescue Simulation League’, which uses virtual on-screen robots as part of an earthquake rescue simulation and took part in a ‘Taster Day’, which involved a number of practical workshops before a team competition. The teams had approximately an hour to program their robot to compete head-to-head against another team's robot and collect as many coloured objects as possible. All of the objects had to be deposited in the orange 'drop zone' before the end of the three minute competition time and bonus points were also awarded for specific actions. The competition was contested by more than 50 teams, with each team playing three matches against teams from other schools. Many congratulations to our Year 6 team who finished in 6th Place overall.
We are now looking forward to the National Final of this competition, which will take place in April 2020.