Six Year 8 students took part in a fantastic STEM Fair and Robotics Competition at Millais School, with the opportunity to interact with local engineering and STEM businesses including BAE Systems, Ricardo Engineering, Thales and Colas.
During the Fair, students had a go at shooting tennis balls from a gas canon, flying on a hovercraft and piloting a range of aircraft on a professional flight simulator!
Local software company RedRiver had also organised a competition between THS, Milais and Shoreham Academy to turn an electronics kit into a functional robot, able to perform a range of tasks. Our students had gone above and beyond, designing and fabricating their own chassis, body, wheels and other drive train components.
With the help of Mr Dimond and another Year 9 student, the team wrote their own code language to programme the robot to move forwards, backwards and detect drawn lines on a table. With some help from the RedRiver team, the robot was soon firing on all cylinders and travelling at a great pace ready for the straight line timed drag race.
Due to the bespoke nature of the Tanbridge team's robot, the students walked away triumphant with a well deserved 'Best Dressed' trophy.