Girls win robot challenge

GIRL power saw Amberfield High School scoop a winning place in Suffolk's very own robot wars.The Lego League took place at Adastral Park and was sponsored by BT and the girls managed to bag one of the top seven places that will see them travelling to Birmingham for the grand final.

GIRL power saw Amberfield High School scoop a winning place in Suffolk's very own robot wars.

The Lego League took place at Adastral Park and was sponsored by BT and the girls managed to bag one of the top seven places that will see them travelling to Birmingham for the grand final.

The Green Mean IT machine, made up of Natasha Ingram, 13, Natasha Simons, also 13, Josie Hughes, ten, Rosie Robbins, 11 and Charlotte Buckle, 11 beat off stiff competition from 22 teams across Suffolk.

They spent months building the robot and programming it. They had to build it and include all its movements, they also had to use a lap top to programme all its memory and give a presentation to explain all that they had done.

Their IT teacher, Dr Nicola Hughes said the school were very proud of the girls and their achievements.

She said: "They did very well and came first in the category for team spirit. Amberfield is very proud of the girls. The youngest member is only ten and they did very well. It is especially nice that they are girls as sometimes they can lose out in areas like IT.

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"At Amberfield we are very strong in areas like Maths and IT and it is great to see it paying off."

The girls said that the whole day was very exciting although nerve-wracking, especially when things did not quite go according to plan.

"I was controlling the robot on the table and knew that if it went wrong I would let the whole team down.

"But just before the end the robot fell off the table and totally dismantled. We had quarter of an hour to rebuild it and re-programme it. It was the shortest quarter of an hour of my life, " laughed Natasha Ingram.

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