Last week, CLSG hosted the regional heat of the 2016-2017 VEX IQ Robotics Crossover Challenge, featuring 22 teams of competitors from schools across London. The VEX IQ Challenge, endorsed by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, is an engineering and programming challenge for students aged 12 to 18, encouraging teamwork, problem solving and leadership.
In preparation for the competition, the CLSG teams worked together to design, build and program a robot, using VEX IQ, that could quickly and efficiently solve specific obstacles and challenges that come with playing the game, Crossover. The girls were rewarded for their hard work, winning the Design Award and Judges Award.
Team CLSGR, consisting of Year 8 student Anne and Year 9 students Artemis, Shakthi and Mimi, were presented with the Design Award, after receiving top marks in all categories on their design and engineering process. Visiting judge Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics & Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield, was particularly impressed with the team's design process and decision making.
Team KMNS, consisting of Year 7 students Safiyya, Kobika, Nishka, and Marina, was presented with the Judges Award for their enthusiasm, teamwork and dedication throughout the event.
Both teams have secured places at the National competition at the Big Bang Fair on 15th March.