Our Super STEM Team Compete in Cambridge

The Observatory School STEM team progressed to the national championship of the First Tech challenges after previous successes in the regional competitions.

The robotics championship was held at Cambridge University in their sports hall.

Tommy, Drew, Leon, Mr Dickson and Mr B all travelled to Cambridge along with ‘Miles’ – the robot designed, built and coded by the team throughout the year. Miles’ brief was to stack cones onto goal posts both with autonomous and teleop controls.

The team have also been working with industry mentors Faiverley Wabtec, a local engineering company who have helped the team with the project as well as providing careers advice for KS4 pupils.

The team had a great time in Cambridge and were a credit to the school. They had fun exploring the city and learning about its rich history and famous inhabitants. The pupils also experienced Japanese food and learnt how to use chopsticks whilst placing their own orders.


The pupils were also very inspired by the volunteers from Rayheon and ARM who were at the university to promote their STEM apprenticeship programmes.

The level of competition was extremely high at the championship and the team came up against some very advanced robotics teams. Despite this, and some minor technical difficulties, the team scored highly within their alliances and eventually came 12th in their division – a fantastic achievement!
The STEM department is very proud and congratulates the pupils on their success. 
Going forward, the STEM team will embark on exciting new challenges and projects that engage pupils in learning through applied contexts.