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Stewards Academy: Raspberry Pi Club ‘Pi Wars’ competition

Education: Secondary / Tue 30th May 2017 at 08:02am

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Stewards Academy: Raspberry Pi Club ‘Pi Wars’ competition

STEWARDS Academy students from the Raspberry Pi computer programming club won their way into the semi-finals at the Pi Noon event during the annual Pi Wars challenge held in Cambridge University. The team also undertook challenges including: The Obstacle Course, Slightly Deranged Golf and Straight-Line Speed Test, as well as being assessed on the artistic and technical merits of their robot.

Pi Wars is a challenge-based robotics competition in which Raspberry Pi-controlled robots compete in various non-destructive challenges to earn points. The 2017 event which attracted over 50 teams is open to schools, families and hobbyists from around the world, with categories from beginner to Pro/veteran. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer created for learning programming skills through fun, practical projects. 

The team comprising Dylan Radford, Ben Mitchell-Harris, Ethan May, Damion Wint, Hadley Finch, Chris Meader, Murat Seidovs, Lee McDonald, Charlie Gardner, Matthew Allen, Todd Gutteridge, accompanied by Mr Flood and Mr Cooper previously attended the BETT show (British Educational Training and Technology Show) event in London to conduct research prior to designing and building their robot.

The team won their spot in the Pi Noon non-destructive robot-on-robot duel and finished in an impressive 9th place overall. John Flood, Science teacher, said: “This is a brilliant achievement and we are very proud of all the students involved.”

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