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Rubbish to Robots - A real challenge!

15 May 09

On Friday 22 May, six teams of budding engineers from Bradford Schools will be competing in the first NG Bailey Robot Challenge as part of a partnership between NG Bailey, the University of Bradford and Education Bradford.

Loosely based on the popular television programme Robot Wars, the teams will be judged on a number of criteria. The judging criteria has been devised to allow the students to develop skills that are often cited by employers as essential including, problem solving, enterprise and team working.

The competing schools are Queensbury, Grange Technology College, Carlton Bolling, Laisterdyke Business & Enterprise College, Bradford Academy and Titus Salt School.

The University of Bradford's Students' Union is hosting the event, which promises to be both noisy and exciting. The teams will be given the chance to demonstrate their robot's speed, power, agility and weaponry in a solo run before lots are drawn for the final showdown. The atmosphere of the event will be enlivened by the attendance of vocal supporters from each competing school.  The winner will be given a trophy donated by NG Bailey.

Chris Wilson is the Volunteering Centre Manager of UCAN Volunteering Centre within the University of Bradford Students Union. He said: "The University of Bradford's Students' Union is delighted to be hosting this event in order to engage schools and raise awareness about engineering via an exciting project.

"The youngsters will be able pit their wits against each other in a series of challenges, battles and showcases to win the NG Bailey Trophy."

Lindsey Johnson of Bradford's EBP within Education Bradford said: "We are constantly asking local employers to engage with schools which can be problematic for busy staff, so the chance to offer such an exciting project was a real bonus for us. The fabulous support from local industry and the University of Bradford is a testament to the perceived value of such an innovative project."

15 May 09

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