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Washington Academy students win regional robotics challenge and are set to compete in national championships

This term, five students at Washington Academy, part of Consilium Academies, won a prestigious regional robotics challenge and the opportunity to compete at a national robotics championship later this year. 


On Wednesday 25 January, Year 10 Washington students competed in the VEX IQ Slapshot Northeast regional competition, where the group were challenged to design and build a robot that can compete in a game, either through being manually controlled or completing the task independently.


The students used their oracy skills to explain and justify their design to a panel of judges as part of the competition. The students were crowned with the Champions of Teamwork Award and finished second in the robot skills challenge.


The students will now represent Washington Academy at the VEX IQ National  



Year 10 Washington Academy Student, Holly Dryden said:


“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we are very grateful to be a part of.”



Year 10 Washington Academy Student, Olivia Duff said:


“The competition was difficult, and we competed against some fantastic teams. But our team spirit and determination secured us the win.”


Year 10 Washington Academy Student, Tom Bainbridge said:


“We spent a lot of time and effort designing and building our robot which I’m so glad was all worth it in the end. I can’t wait to do it all over again.”



Joe Hastings, Teacher of science at Washington Academy, part of Consilium Academies, said:


“Huge congratulations to our students who participated in the VEX IQ challenge, we are so proud of your efforts. At Washington we support our students to develop vital skills in sought after industries such as technology. This challenge enabled them to showcase their teamworking, problem solving, communication and coding skills.


“This was a brilliant opportunity for our Washington students to shine and showcase their talents – against some stiff competition. Well done to you all.”