College Students' Robotics Success!

By Graham Rayner, Assistant Principal, 14 April 2016

The Robot!
Callum Bartlett (L) and Robbie Kinghorn (R) looking tense during the nail-bitingly tense Semi-final

First year students Robbie Kinghorn and Callum Bartlett narrowly missed out on a place in the grand final of the VEX Robotics National Finals at Birmingham NEC at the end of March 2016.

Having completed in several regional heats, they reached the semi-finals where they faced tough competition from Stowe school Seniors.  An amazingly tense match was drawn on 199 points each before they narrowly lost on the rematch.

Despite this, Robbie says “we had a really good time and can't wait for next year's game to be announced, so we can get started!”

Robbie and Callum, who both study AS Electronics at College, also reached the finals in 2015 UK VEX Robotics competition and took part in the world championship in Kentucky USA.  They have been designing robots for over a year.  Their highly-rated robot was build at Rapid Electronics, began life at the start of the summer holidays and has been modified all year between heats. 

Three other College students known collectively as Team ROUSE (Robotics Obsessed Undeniably Sad Enthusiasts) got to the quarter finals but have also separately qualified for this year’s World Championship in Louisville and want to leave the 2016 competition as the first British team to win.

Edward Hale, James Pearson and Isabella Langdon along with former College student Hannah Rouse will arrive in the Louisville on Sunday, April 19 where the four-day competition is being held.

Everyone at College wishes them the best of luck!