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The Edge IFB2016 Robotics Challenge: Participating Schools
June 09th 2016

The Edge IFB2016 Robotics Challenge: Participating Schools

On the 15th June 2016, MerseySTEM will be facilitating their latest robotics challenge funded by ChargePoint Technology as part of The Edge, official fringe festival for the International Festival for Business. The event will take place in the Innovation Hub at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Mersey Stem Robotics Challenge Grand Final held at Aintree Racecourse. Eight schools made it through to the final with Hillside High School coming out victorious! Pictured are the winning team celebrating Sam Zhen Joseph Leatherbarrow Logan Burke and Harry Naylor Images by Gareth Jones

Schools from all six local authority areas are taking part along with Alder Hey Hospital School:

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Broughton Hall
West Derby

Liverpool
Gateacre

Wirral
Weatherhead

Sefton
Birkdale
Hillside

Knowsley
St Edmund Arrowsmith

St Helens
St Cuthberts

Halton
The Grange, Runcorn

MerseySTEM robotics challenges bring teams of students together from local schools to take part in a full-day event. Teams build their robots in the morning using the Protobot System from Vex Robotics and pit them against each other in the afternoon in a series of matches. All teams are supported by MerseySTEM, collaborating professionals and STEM Ambassadors throughout.

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Robotics challenges enable students to understand a variety of design, science and engineering principles and develop leadership and problem solving skills. The events aim to inspire and excite students’ interest in robotics and to demonstrate the practical application of mathematics and engineering.

“The robot challenge provides young people with a great chance to have fun working together – whilst at the same time changing their perceptions on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These young people are our future workforce so it’s important that we enthuse them all about these critical subjects and what cooler way to do this than building robots!” – The Edge Festival Director, Kate Willard.

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“The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership supports the region’s innovation economy by supporting sector and company growth. ChargePoint Technology, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and MerseySTEM exemplify the region’s innovative culture and determination to improve its prosperity, with the young people participating in the robot challenge being central to the region’s future success on the global stage.” Liverpool City Region LEP & Innovation Agency Sector Manager, Dr Andrew Rose.

MerseySTEM Managing Director Michelle Dow said, “I love our Robot Challenges, it’s great that we don’t see our competitors faces for most of the morning as they are heads down, focused on building the best robot on the day.”

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“The robot days give us the opportunity to change perceptions, challenge stereotypes, promote teamwork and provide careers advice to students using real role-models from our city. Robot Wars are nothing new, but whatever you say – robots are cool! The students are always so excited and it’s great to see them so passionate about engineering! We can’t wait to work with ChargePoint as part of The Edge IFB 2016… this is going to be BIG, good luck to all of our participating schools!”

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Images by Gareth Jones Photography & MerseySTEM – ©MerseySTEM

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