Manchester Academy students reach the national robotics final

As part of intense competition, Manchester Academy Robotic Superstars (MARS) made the finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. The MARS team were crowned runners up after beating 250 other schools across the country.

After showing boundless success, the MARS team reached the final. It was here where 32 other schools battled to become champions. The competition took place at The Big Bang Fair on Friday 17 March 2017.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces student teams to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges. The event helps students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.

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.

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.

Manchester Academy’s Year 8 student, Omar Binsuwedan, was also presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Project’ Award.

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”.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, 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”.

TNT Education

Photo Credit: Stacy Marlborough

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