BTE Academy students harness the power of robots

Students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy build and operate their own mini robots at recent ‘Robotics Day’

Year 10 pupils at BTE Academy, a UTC specialising in engineering, spent the day thinking about robot logic, then assembled and programmed their own robots to follow a series of different paths around their classroom.

The day was hosted by John Bradford of the High Tech Bristol and Bath Community Interest Company and was supported by students at the University of the West of England, home of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. 

Students from BTE Academy at the recent Robotics Day

“Robotics will play an increasingly central role in our lives in the years to come and teaching these skills is part of our mission as a centre of excellence for STEM subjects in Bristol,” says Joe Mulligan, assistant principal at BTE Academy.

“Our Robotics Day proved to be an interesting and exciting practical and technical challenge. The students responded positively to the challenges they were given and began to appreciate the complexities of robots and the level of determination and logical thought required to make machines do what you want them to do.

“The opportunity to engage with the undergraduates at UWE and the team working aspect of the day also taught them much about working co-operatively to achieve targets.”


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