Clean Sweep For Bolton St Catherine’s Academy

Posted on 6th February, 2018

Clean Sweep For Bolton St Catherine’s Academy STEM Team In VEX IQ Robotics Regional Competition

 BSCA enjoyed a clean sweep and secured their national place in the regional VEX IQ Ringmaster Challenge held at Bolton UTC on Friday 2nd February.

 Six dedicated pupils from Year 5 to Year 7 have been working since December in the Monday after school STEM Club and over lunchtimes to develop and fine-tune their robots for the competition challenges.

The team was up against six other teams from three secondary schools, Bolton UTC, Cedar Mount Academy Manchester and Ladybridge High School Bolton along with two other primary schools, Lyndhurst Primary Oldham and St Charles RC Primary Swinton. 

All the teams had to complete two challenges – a driving challenge and a team challenge. Manoeuvring their robots on an 8ft by 4ft playing field, the driving challenge saw the teams up against the clock with a minute to collect as many points as possible. The team challenge saw teams working together to move blocks around and position their robots with deftness and precision to earn points.

 Up for grabs were two places in the national finals of the VEX IQ Ringmaster Challenge which takes place at the The International Centre, Telford in March.

Mr Christopher Hill, STEM subjects leader comments, “The children have worked really hard to produce a robot that could meet and master the challenges. We even had a complete redesign on the week leading up to the competition. It was a nerve-wracking, hard fought day and we were biting our nails right up until the final moments. We were delighted to climb the leaderboard, be awarded the Teamwork Champion Award and of course, secure our place in the nationals.”

 The winning team was, MasterCat, comprising Ben Farrimond, Blake Mann and Ethan O’Neill, each from  Year 5, Mason Bates and Logan Parden-Bell from Year 6 and Davis Brearley from Year 7.

The team will now take part in the national final, which will be held at The International Centre in Telford on Saturday 4th March. There are potentially 60 other teams going forward to participate in their bid to get through to the international final held in Dubai later this year.

 Miss Victoria Hislop, Computing Lead, “Our success in the regional heat is massively encouraging. It will be an amazing experience competing at a national level and who knows, if we qualify for the international final we could end up competing in Dubai!”

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