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Student Robotics holds Electronics Day for schools

Published: 9 March 2009

Teams from local schools gathered at the University to bring their robots to life as the competition enters its final stages.

The Student Robotics challenge is a six-month long activity organized for sixth form schools and colleges by a dedicated team of students from the University of Southampton. This is the second year of the competition and its success has encouraged the formation of branches at other universities next year.

Teams who take part in the competition have to design, build and program an autonomous robot to compete against other teams in the finals. The Student Robotics mentors visit each team weekly and help to make this seemingly difficult task accessible and easy to school students in order to promote engineering, technology and science.

On 25 February teams from schools attended an Electronics Day at the University where their got to install the electronics on their robot and wrote some simple program to make them move! The electronics for the robots are designed by Student Robotics to be plug and play, but also to enable the students to be creative and try out their own ideas.

This year's final takes place at the University on 18 April and will be contested by teams from St Anne's School Southampton, Brockenhurst College, Alton College, Peter Symonds College Winchester, and Bedales School.

Student Robotics is sponsored by Motorola and the University of Southampton.

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