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A team from St John’s has excelled at the Surrey Vex Robotics Competition, winning the regional round of the contest at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead on Friday 2 December.
Competing for the first time against opponents who have been entering the competition for a number of years, the pupils did extremely well indeed. Fourth Formers Sam Bullen (North), Tristan Coatzee (Surrey), Luke Horner-Long (Churchill) and Ethan Macallister (Churchill) teamed up with Jamie Philips and Nathan Staples (Lower Fifth, Churchill) to take part. Henry O’Brien (Lower Fifth, Churchill), was unable to compete with the team, but should be commended for his work in preparation for the competition.
The boys competed against 11 other teams in a variety of challenges including programming skills, driver control skills and teamwork challenges. They will next be invited to compete in the UK National Championships at the Big Bang Fair in March, held at the NEC in Birmingham.
Head of Design and Technology at St John’s, Jason Ward, commented: “The boys competed as two teams today, but in fact all seven deserve the credit as they have all worked together in building, testing and programming the robots since September 2015 or 2016. They were also impeccably behaved all day long and were all great ambassadors for the School. It was great day all round and we are looking forward to March.”
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