Robot Wars Come To STAR Schools
Let battle commence! - local schools in Sherburn and Tadcaster recently experienced a robotic showdown when students put their engineering skills to the test to compete in a motorised K’nex robots war!
The project is the brainchild of the STAR Learning Alliance (Sherburn, Tadcaster And Rural schools working together) where neighbouring schools combine to share skills, best practice and organise events.
This latest initiative follows similar rules to K’Bots – robot vehicles made using K’Nex kits and materials.
Pairs of students from schools across the region gathered at Riverside Primary School, Tadcaster, for the day, practising their creative and engineering skills before refining their designs ready for the afternoon ‘battles.’
Just over 30 9-11 year old pupils from the various primary schools took part with some of local secondary students, from Tadcaster Grammar and Sherburn High acting as facilitators.
The sessions were run by Ian Botwright, a former teacher at Riverside and keen robot warrior, who now owns a not-for-profit educational computing company, ‘Conker IT’, delivering such projects as well as professional development for teachers.