Finals for Gordano robot team

The Gordano School robotics team

The Gordano School robotics team - Credit: supplied

DESIGN and technology students from a Portishead school beat off stiff competition to make the finals of a prestigious robotics contest.

Seven year 12 pupils took up this year’s Student Robotic Challenge at Newbury Racecourse. The team designed and built an autonomous robot to compete against 300 students from 54 teams from around the country and some from France and Germany.

With their robot suffering hardware malfunctions on day one of the two-day event, Gordano were in 15th place.

On day two, they won the first four rounds, performing well enough to finish seventh in the league, prior to entering the knock-out rounds.

They drew in the quarter finals, qualifying for the semi-finals based on their superior league position. One more victory saw the team in the final where they lost to Headington School, Oxford, by a single point.

The team, made up of Robert March, Chris Morris, Laurence Wellesbury, Tom Bath, Alysha Herbert, Robyn Moore and Stephen Bracken, received a glass trophy and a hefty pat on the back by DT technician Richard Moore, who mentored them.

This was Gordano School’s second attempt at the robot challenge, organised by Southampton and Bristol Universities.