Manchester Academy's Robotics Superstars (MARS) team made the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, beating 250 schools to be crowned runners up.
As winners of the third of three heats held at Preston iSTEM College, the Academy team saw off competition from 45 other schools to make it through to the final, going head to head with 32 other schools from across the country at The Big Bang Fair on Friday 17 March 2017.
The Academy's team of 10 students built, programmed and controlled LEGO robots for a series of ‘space missions’. They also had to research, design, plan and present their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem - developed by LEGO Education, supported by NASA.
Members of Manchester Academy's Robotics Superstars (MARS) team were:-Bronwyn Bull, Warda Hafeez, Sana Zaidi, Hamiz Gohar, Nadia Solaiman, Ghosoun Tulaymat, Omar Binsuwedan, Tamim Faizi, Ismail Miah and Shamama Mohammed.
Continuing with the winning streak, the Academy's Year 8 student Omar Binsuwedan was also presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Project’ Award.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces student teams to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges. The event aims to help students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.
Commenting on their success, Manchester Academy's Mr Duckworth said: "Taking part in the Robotics Challenge has been really exciting. We’ve learnt a lot about the engineering involved in robotics and particularly enjoyed seeing all our hard work pay off with a place in the finals.
Research from EngineeringUK, which runs the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, shows that promoting engineering careers to young people is vital for the future of the British economy.
Chief Executive of EngineeringUK Paul Jackson said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers, we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry.
“Programmes such as the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aim to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering.”