Gordano School pupils put robotic skills to the test

Quarter finalists The Egyptians James Cant, Callum Wardle, Robert Millar, Adam Griffiths and Ryan Sk

Quarter finalists The Egyptians James Cant, Callum Wardle, Robert Millar, Adam Griffiths and Ryan Skidmore with D&T mentor Richard Moore. - Credit: Archant

Technical wizards from Gordano School demonstrated their engineering skills in the 2015 National Student Robotics competition.

Second place for the second year running were Team Aculeus - Tom Bath, Rob March Laurence Wellesbury

Second place for the second year running were Team Aculeus - Tom Bath, Rob March Laurence Wellesbury and Ben Haskins. Also pictured D&T Mentor Richard Moore. - Credit: Archant

Two teams of sixth form pupils from the Portishead school took part in the contest, building and programming their robots to compete against teams from schools and colleges across the country in a bid to collect flags in an 8sqm arena.

Gordano’s Egyptians team, made up of year 12 students, managed to battle their robot into the quarter finals but were then knocked out.

Team Aculeus, made up of year 13 pupils, modelled their robot on a scorpion design and came away from the competition after securing second place, losing only to Bishop Wordsworth School from Salisbury. The school’s DT teachers guided the pupils through the contest.