Here at Brampton Ellis, we are proud to run a robot club that competes in the VEX IQ competitions. Run one lunch time a week by Miss Stoner and Neils Puttemans, upper key stage 2 pupils work as a team to build, programme and drive a robot.
This year (2017-18) we had a team of 6 girls who performed brilliantly at the regional competition held at Montgomery Hall in February. The 'Rockbots' had worked effortlessly since September to build their robot 'Rocky' and conducted STEM research, which was presented as part of the competition. Unfortunately, we didn't bring home any awards this year but the girls worked incredibly hard and should be proud of themselves.
Last year (2016-17) we had 2 teams enter the regional competition. One team won the Teamwork Challenge Award, which qualified them for a place in the UK final. We had a fantastic trip to Birmingham, where the final took place as part of the Big Bang Fair, and the team finished mid-table - ahead of many secondary schools!
The second team won the Excellence Award at the regional competition - the first EVER primary school in the UK to do so. This qualified the team with a place at the World Final, held in Kentucky USA. After a nail-biting few weeks of fundraising, television and radio interviews (see one we did for BBC Radio Sheffield here https://www.facebook.com/bbcsheffield/videos/1483160651696210/) we finally got the go-ahead that the trip was on! The children excelled themselves and represented our school and the UK amazingly. Check out the slideshow above to see some photos from our trip.