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On The 22ndOctober 8 of our year 9 students travelled to St Helens College to participate in the St Helens regional heat of the MerseySTEM robotics challenge.  The aim of the Robotics challenge is to inspire and excite students’ interest in robotics and help them understand a variety of design, science and engineering principles as well as develop leadership and problem solving skills.

This exciting event sees teams from local schools follow instructions to build their own robots from a specially designed kit which they then compete in a mini league of robot matches where the aim is to pick up tennis balls and drop them into their respective goals. 
After splitting into two teams (Rainford A and Rainford B) our students got down to work, studying the complex instructions they had been given.  Demonstrating high levels of concentration and brilliant team work our talented engineers turned a box of metal parts, bolts and wires into fantastic working robots.  With a number of industry professionals on hand to lend their expertise throughout the morning, our robots were ready for battle!
After a well-deserved lunch break our teams were ready to compete.  The crowd was lively and the atmosphere tense as our teams took to the arena where they faced stiff competition. However after an afternoon of mangled metal and wobbly wheels our Rainford A team emerged victorious, beating Cowley in the final match!!  Our Rainford B team finished in a very respectable 3rd place making the day a fantastic success all round.
For winning the St Helens heat, Rainford will receive a VEX competition Robotics Lab Kit worth over £750 and will proceed to the regional final in December.