Three years ago Mr Terruli, a science teacher at Christ’s College Finchley (CCF) started an after school Science club which began tinkering with LEGO robots for fun. Its aims were to inspire and challenge pupils who have an interest in programming and building robots.
The interests from Science and IT minded students certainly grew, along with their skills, and so far in 2012 over 50 students have been taught how to build and program robots. The current 14+ age group team of Vinesh Khetani, Riku Murai, Nikunj Pindoriya and Shervin Sabeghi have turned out to be highly capable robot builders and each year have entered into the UK schools finals of Junior RoboCup. This year they were good enough to come 1st and to be invited to represent the UK in the 2012 World RoboCup Championships in Mexico City, and the WCIT Charity was happy to celebrate this and contribute to their fundraising for travelling costs.
RoboCup (www.robocup2012.org) is an international robotics competition founded in 1997. The aim is to promote robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge.
“The challenge is to build an autonomous robot which must successfully negotiate an obstacle course in order to reach and rescue a 'victim'. CCF has made its mark by ranking 20th in the world and considering we were up against some of the top public schools of China, Japan and Germany, this is an amazingly good achievement.
Looking back on the event, our team from CCF has left a great impression on the competition, making friends from around the world and acting as fantastic ambassadors for the UK as a whole. The organisers would like to see us return in future years and CCF is expanding its robotics club to look for new pupils to form the teams of the future.
Christ's College Finchley would like to thank the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ for helping us on our way to Mexico City for the World Championships of Junior Robocup 2012”
Contributed by Mr Tuerruli, Science Department, CCF
It is the WCIT Charity’s hope that pupils from both Hammersmith Academy and Lilian Baylis Technology School can benefit from taking a trip to Christ’s College Finchley to see the students demonstrate the skills they have learnt.