Hills Road Sixth Form College is once again opening its doors to budding robot engineers in the Cambridge area.

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We have an range of teams and students from Year 9-11 to competing in our Free to Enter, non-combatative autonomous robotics challenge.

Students are working in teams and apply skills they have learned in Maths, Design Technology and Computing to a real world problem. The competition is perfect for students who previously competed in Lego League, but is also designed to be easily accessible for new students with little programming or building experience.

We announced specifics of the challenge at a kickoff event on the 17th of November. At the kickoff, teams received a kit of parts including everything that they need to build and program a basic robot as well as instructions to get them started. We even included a tablet PC for programming the robot so no support from in-school IT services is required!

Teams will have until the competition event in April to develop, program and test their robots. All teams are invited to compete in this two day event which consists of many exciting head-to-head seeding rounds leading up to a knockout final. Rounds are spaced to allow development opportunities for teams to work on strategy and improving their robot throughout the weekend.

We expect most teams to be able to complete the task of building and development during lunch or after school clubs.

During development we will provide support direct to teams through our student run forums and through Saturday drop in sessions at Hills Road Sixth Form(term time only).

Don't Walk. Do The Robot!