Sheffield Park Academy students put their engineering expertise to the test at the semi-finals of the FIRST® Tech Challenge UK Championships, held earlier this month at KingsGate Conference Centre in Peterborough.
FIRST® Tech Challenge is an expeditionary robotics programme for ages 12-18 which seeks to inspire young people to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
As part of the competition, Sheffield Park Academy’s SPAce and SPArk Teams designed, built and programmed robots. Taking on roles such as software engineers, designers, project managers and communications officers, the students put their robotics to the test to complete a series of tasks on a space-themed playing field. The students then had to present their engineering notebooks to a panel of industry judges.
Sheffield Park Academy Principal Debbie McShane said:
"At Sheffield Park Academy, we are committed to providing our students with an education with character, which helps to broaden their horizons and personal development. Our participation in FIRST® Tech Challenge is another excellent example of that, helping inspire our students, as well as showing them the potential career opportunities available to them post school.”