Beccles Free School, on Castle Hill in Beccles, has been crowned national RoboCup champions for a second year running. The team of students, aged between 12 and 14, have won the honour of representing England at the World Championships again, after defeating over 50 primary and secondary school teams from across the country at the UK National CoSpace Championships, held at BT Adastral Park in Martlesham on March 18.
The world-class Beccles Free School robotics team are excited to be heading to Leipzig in Germany this summer for the World Championships. The team, who scooped second place at the same competition in China last summer, are looking forward to demonstrating their robotics coding and programming talents against hundreds of schools globally again this year.
Johann Don-Daniel, the robotics team lead at Beccles Free School, said: “The student team have shown fantastic dedication in the RoboCup. They work really well as a group, sharing their knowledge and experiences with one another, which is something that makes them stand out. With each competition they continue to improve so I am very much looking forward to the World Championships again this summer.”
The CoSpace Robotics (RoboCup) is a computer coding competition where students program robots to pick up objects, avoid traps and drop off loads in designated areas. The competition develops the students’ ability to write computer code, programme robots, analyse the effectiveness of different search strategies and develop mathematical and problem solving skills.
Since taking part in the RoboCup last year, the student team has been hosting a weekly coding club with local primary schools, where they share their expertise and inspire youngsters to build and battle their own robots using code.
Beccles Free School student Sam Florido, who was also on the school’s RoboCup team last year, said: “We are able to help the community with the skills we have learned and I love being a part of it. The opportunities we have been given, like going to China last year for the World Championships, exceed anything I could have imagined!”
Nigel Youngman, Headteacher at Beccles Free School, said: “Our exceptionally talented RoboCup team continues to amaze me – we are all so proud of their achievements. As highlighted in the figures released by the Department for Education in January, High Achieving students at Beccles Free School are outperforming other schools in the local area, both academically and through learning opportunities such as the RoboCup. It is great to see students developing a love of learning for life, beyond the classroom, and to see them gain such important skills such as coding, which will help to prepare them for the future world of work.”
Beccles Free School is part of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust. For more information visit www.becclesfreeschool.org.uk