Bury Grammar School Boys’ robotic team will participate in the UK and Ireland finals of the FIRST LEGO League (FFL) robotics competition.
The BGSB team won the regional heat at the Daresbury Laboratories recently, which means they will compete in the finals for the third year in a row in February.
The team, consisting of Henry Batchelor, James Bishop, Chris Parr, Youssef Wilson, Joe Atkinson and Alex Kinsler had spent the previous three months building and programming a robot to perform a series of challenges, as well as working on a project which, this year, had to be connected to the theme of the competition: the water cycle.
In the regional final, the team competed in three rounds of a league, with each team aiming to score the highest number of points by completing the most challenges.
In the first round, the BGSB robot performed very poorly as one of the cables connecting a drive motor had come loose. However, having seen the scores achieved by the other robots, the team were convinced they could win the league.
Following a quick repair, the next two rounds went far better, and the BGSB robot ended up with a score significantly higher than any of the other teams could manage.
The team also delivered their presentation related to the water cycle to a panel of judges. Their presentation focused on how more efficient use could be made of water in tackling fires, and they were very grateful for the help that they received in producing this from Greater Manchester Fire Service and United Utilities.
The visit to Daresbury Laboratory was made all the more exciting by a surprise visit from the team that won this year’s Robot Wars competition, and their robot Eruption. The BGSB team had a chance to look at the robot and chat with its builders about its design and the competition.
Congratulations to all of the boys involved!