This week the Newlands Primary School team completed their first challenge of the competition. They programmed the robot to release the syringe and get it back to base – with the robot returning to a well-defined position on the board. There’s still some refinement needed to the construction of the tool that pushes the release handle, but that should be our first 25 points in the bag. Only another 375 points to go……

The boys don’t seem very interested in the project element of the challenge. Some of the girls came up with a list of possible research areas and voting seemed to stick around “constipation”. I wonder if they will come up with any solid ideas about how to design an innovative solution. Hmmm.