Students from across Cumbria impressed competition judges with their robot-building skills.

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The Whitehaven Academy hosted the Cumbria Education Trust (CET) Year 8 Interschool Robotics Competition.

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Students from all three CET secondary schools, The Whitehaven Academy, Workington Academy and William Howard School, were joined by St Benedict's Catholic High School and St Bees School to form cross-school teams.

Each team was challenged to build robotic arms and remote-controlled buggies in the competition, sponsored by Sellafield Ltd and with support from STEM.

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The judges, comprised of technical experts from Sellafield, were impressed with each team and how they worked together.

Jo Fowler, curriculum lead for business, creative media and computing at The Whitehaven Academy, who designed and planned the event, said: “It was amazing to see all the students coming together and working so well to complete quite a technical challenge, taking it all in their stride. 

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“There are a wealth of computing and engineering opportunities for young people in our area and events like this bring to life some of the options available to them.”

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