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QE’s future engineers prepare for robot wars

Date Posted: 10/12/2019 | Posted In: Latest news

First year Future Engineers from QE are competing in the Junior Robot Fighting League at the University of Leeds. The two day programme provides students with an exciting opportunity to work with academics and postgraduates from the University’s robotics department to design and build a robot, before battling against groups from other schools and colleges. The first day began with an informative lecture on the future of robotics before teams were able to construct the main body of their robot with the help of Shocksoc Society at Leeds, a group comprised of studen­­ts from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering who have organised the event. The second day i­­­n February will be spent building the chassis, followed by the much anticipated competition.

Edward Turner, who studies A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at QE, comments: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the practical session. It was great to see the robot come to life and all we need to do now is design the chassis and decide on a team name’. Joe Sunter adds: ‘Spending the day at the University and using its facilities allowed me to see what it might be like to study in higher education’.

Liz Bryan, Future Engineers Co-ordinator, concludes: ‘It was wonderful to see our students working together and getting to grips with the practical aspects of the build with the support of Shocksoc. They certainly developed their problem solving skills as constructing the robot was not an easy task. We are already looking forward to the second day in February’.