On Monday 27th January four Engineering pupils travelled to St Anselm s College Birkenhead to participate in the MerseySTEM Robotics Challenge. A total of ten schools from the Wirral area were in attendance including Wirral Grammar, St Anselm s and St Mary s Catholic College.
The day began with an introduction STEM, what it is and how it can shape the future for all young people not just those in attendance and also the opportunities available in the Merseyside area.
Following the introductions and presentations it was down to business for all schools involved in which they began the building of the robots. Each four person team was split into two with one pair tasked with constructing the body while the other constructing the robotic arm.
Once both pairs had completed their respective parts the assembly of the robot took place, with all group members participating and putting forward their own views on how it should be done.
The electronics involved proved a little tricky for the Woodchurch team but following discussions and through the process of elimination the team managed to overcome these problems and build a fully functioning robot ready for battle.
Following a short lunch break and any last minute alterations, the battle known as tennis ball tussle began with two leagues of five competing. Due to a lack of practice with the controls, the boys tasted defeat in their first match going down 3 goals to nil but managed to win their next three matches setting up a tie at the top of the group with Bebington High. Both teams were on nine points with a plus two goal difference. Unfortunately for the boys, the high scoring Bebington team scored just three goals more meaning they topped the group with Woodchurch in second. They did however manage to reach the semi final and were paired with Wallasey School. In a closely fought contest both teams were tied at 7 goals each until the last few seconds when the skilled driver of the Wallasey robot managed to score a goal just as the whistle blew to send the Woodchurch boys crashing out. The Wallasey team then went on to take the crown in the final.
The day proved to be a huge success in which all pupils and teachers enjoyed. The boys involved, James, Lewis, Louis and Kieran were a credit to the school on the day and developed their problem solving and independent learning skills.