Northampton Academy is delighted to be the winning team for the Space Project Presentation, in the Midlands heat of Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Space Challenge 2017.
The event was staged at the AMTC Coventry and the group of Year 8 students beat off tough competition from 16 other schools, presenting a thorough and well-detailed project on how humans can survive and colonize in space.
It was an eventful day, which saw students participate in four main challenges that consisted of programming a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to complete a series of challenges, to presenting a space research project in front of industry experts. A lot of positives were taken from the competition in terms of working as a team and an insight into possible career paths, although the team didn’t quite manage to secure a place in the grand finale, falling just outside the top two.
Computer Science teacher Ricky Prince commented: “Students were really engaged and the feedback from them was that they have learned a lot in terms of problem-solving skills, teamwork and working under pressure. This was the first time the Academy has competed in this competition and thanks to the team’s hard work, they were able to bring home a 1st place trophy for their Space Project presentation. When they accepted the award you could see how proud they were to achieve an accolade for all their hard work.”