Beccles Free School students are national RoboCup champions
Students at Beccles Free School, on Castle Hill in Beccles, are the best in the country when it comes to computer programming a robot. They have won the honour of representing England in the World finals of the CoSpace Robotics competition, RoboCup. The group of students are now fundraising for their trip to the RoboCup International Championships, which will be held in Hefei, China, from 17th July 2015.
The students, aged between 12 and 14, defeated tough competition from primary and secondary schools across the UK at the National Championships event, held at BT Adastral Park in March 2015. Mr Don-Daniel, the robotics team lead at Beccles Free School, described the students’ performance as “amazing”, with their talent and skills receiving high praise from the judges.
Johann Don-Daniel said: “It is an outstanding achievement for the students here and we’re immensely proud to be representing England in the International Championships. We are currently fundraising for our trip to China in July and welcome any donations to enable the students to take this extraordinary trip.”
The CoSpace Robotics competition (RoboCup), is a computer coding competition, where students pair up to program robots to pick up objects, avoid traps and drop off loads in a designated area.
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.