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Enfield's Mayor Award for Science 2014/15

posted 6 Mar 2015, 01:44 by Web Admin
Phase 2: 26th February 2015
Dilek and Mejan (Year 10) represented Nightingale Academy at the Phase 2 day competition in this years’ Enfield Mayor's Award for Science 2014/15 at Middlesex University - programming a LEGO mindstorm robot to complete set tasks within an allotted time under the supervision of the University's undergrad engineers.

Unfortunately Dilek's and her partner's robot developed a mind of its own once programmed and decided to go its own merry way when competing against the opposing robots.

However, through planning and programming, Mejan and partner progressed to the final where they competed in a three round knockout to find the best in borough. The first two rounds were tied and the organisers, anticipating that the third would also be tied, informed the student that they would be given another 10 minutes to reprogram their robots should the third round be also tied.

Happily, the additional 10 minutes were not needed as Mejan and partner's robot behaved perfectly during the third round. He placed his objects in the correct locations and managed to push to opposition robot back onto their objects, knocking them from their target area - thus winning 40 points to 20.

All students were awarded certificates of participation by Professor Martin Smith (he of Channel 4's "Robot Wars" fame for those of you old enough to remember) and Mejan and partner receiving a 1st placed engraved shield for their endeavours as well.

Our students did our school proud.

Phase 1: 16th December 2014
I am very pleased to be able to tell you that two of our students have made it through to the second phase of the Enfield Mayor's Award for Science 2014/15 after competing against 33 students from 12 other secondary schools in Enfield on the 16th December.

Dilek and Mejan (Year 10) were in the top 8 pairs of STEM students from the borough and will progress to the next challenge in February with their partners - where they will work with the Product Design Team at Middlesex University to design, program and test model robots.

All three students that represented our school (including Faduma) thoroughly enjoyed the day and participated in the activities of designing and making two electrical powered vehicles. These were assessed by two representatives from STEMnet and one from the Bloodhound SSC project team (the design team who are attempting the land speed record next year at 1000mph!).

Our students did our school proud.