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Robotics Challenge - winners

On Monday 26 February, the robotics team made Reading Girls’ School proud by winning the London heat of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

The girls spent a lot of time preparing for the competition and the hard work clearly paid off. Here is an account of the day by one of the participating girls, Mehar Bhatia:

“We arrived at the RAF Hendon Museum in London around 9.45am ready to start the day. The competition was split up into 5 parts: The speed challenge, the robot challenge, the group presentation, the robot design and the teamwork challenge.

The day got off to a brilliant start as our speed robot zoomed to victory and the presentation went amazingly. However, we did face a small problem when, for our first run for the robot challenge (we were given two runs) not everything went right. We felt a little disheartened but we looked at our mistakes and learnt from them. That proved to be quite helpful as we got 40/40 on the challenge for the second run.

The judges were impressed with us and told their co-workers about our amazing robot.

The teamwork challenge went exceptionally well due to the strong bond between our team. Talking to judges about the robot design was the last challenge of the day and that too went pretty smoothly as the judges loved our robot.

The last part of the day was the award ceremony. We didn’t expect to win and advance to the finals but I guess it was our time to shine. Today was a great day, we can’t wait for the nationals.”

The girls will be going to the Birmingham NEC on 16th March for the national competition and we wish them the best of luck. The team members are:  Mehar Bhatia, Sarah Gunde, Amandeep Mavi, Srijani Paul and Sarah Ibrahim.
Great thanks go to our STEM ambassadors from Proctor & Gamble who attend the robotics club every week. They encourage the girls to consider the challenges and come up with creative solutions to overcome the problems of the competition.  We are very grateful for the continuing support. The Robotics Competition was funded this year by the RAF as part of their 100th Anniversary commemorations.  They kindly paid for the kits for the schools, provided the venue for this heat and the judges.