Mark presents certificates to Robotics Competition Finalists at Ashton Community Science College(April 26, 2019)
Sir Mark attended Ashton Community Science College on Friday 26th April 2019 to meet with pupils who reached the finals of a prestigious national Robotics competition last month.
The team of ten Year 8 pupils were one of 50 teams from schools around the UK to have reached the UK final of the ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics’ competition. After winning the regional heat, the team ‘Ashton Antimatter’ competed in the UK final at the Big Bang Fair 2019 held at the Birmingham NEC on Friday 15th March 2019.
The EEP Robotics Challenge is an exciting, practical activity where students learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO® robots. The Challenge involves using these skills to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets.
Sir Mark was invited to the school by the Year 8 pupils after their success, to demonstrate their robotics skills. The team gave a presentation on the use of drones, demonstrated the school drone in action along with the ‘speedbot’ that was used in the competition finals in Birmingham.
Sir Mark then presented certificates to Ashton Antimatter team members; Millie, Blake, Jess, Brandon, Leah, Victoria, Amber, Ashton, John and Nicole. This was followed by a question and answer session with pupils from Years, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Pupils questioned Sir Mark on a range of topical issues including knife crime in Preston, new accommodation being built in the area, mental health in young people and the banning of mobile phones in school.
Sir Mark said: ‘It’s been a real privilege and delight to meet with the pupils and staff at Ashton Community Science College. I was very impressed with their entry for the ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics’ competition and the way in which they presented their ideas and the challenges that they overcame on the day.’
Team member Amber Robson said: “I feel proud of me and my peers because even though we didn’t win, we still have many opportunities that lie ahead because of what we achieved in the Robotics Competition.’
Fellow team member Blake Murray said: “The competition was to test our skills as a group, but it brought us together as true friends of engineering. It’s an honour for our local MP to visit us.”
Michael Ashworth, Teacher in the Computing Faculty said: “As a community school it was an honour and privilege that our local MP came to see us and share in the student’s success. The students were looking forward to demonstrating their robot, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. It was a wonderful occasion to showcase our fantastic students and give Sir Mark a glimpse into what it feels like to be part of “team Ashton”.