On Saturday 2nd February the school hosted the East Kent Vex Robotics Regional Finals. The school has been involved with the competition for 4 years and with the help from the PTA has been able to purchase the field perimeter, which allowed us to host the event. This year we also hosted the Vex IQ junior competition and entered a team for the first time.
The two senior teams overcame technical issues to qualify for the knock out rounds. The Year 10 team was paired with the competitive Queen Elizabeth’s School from Faversham and the Sixth Form team was paired the Invicta Grammar School for Girls from Maidstone.
The Sixth Form team lost their quarter final game however the Year 10 progressed to the final, gaining in confidence with every game.
Sadly, the Year 10 team lost in the final to a strong team from St Olaves School in Orpington and a competitive independent team.
The team’s disappointment from losing the final was replaced with excitement as they were told that they had earned a place at the National Finals in Telford at the beginning of March.
The team are now busy improving their robot and practicing after school in the hall to improve their driving skills.
All of the teams would like to thank all the parents, staff and volunteers who helped on the day to make the event such a success.
The Computer Science department hopes to increase the number of Vex IQ to 4 teams and VRC to 3 teams next year.