Teenage fans of Robot Wars have an opportunity to build their own robot during the Easter Holidays thanks to Lincoln UTC.
Lincoln’s specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics school is staging its own version of the popular TV programme and is looking for Year 9 students to take part.
The teams of four, 13 and 14-year olds will have two days to design and build their robot and then race it around the school’s race circuit.
Taking place between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April, the teams will have a day and a half to construct their machine using Vex Robotics. Lincoln UTC’s staff will be on hand to offer advice and support to guide participants through the construction process and ensure their machines have the best chance of surviving the race on Wednesday afternoon.
Participants in Lincoln UTC’s Easter Holiday activity will compete against each other, with the school awarding points to teams based on their robot’s versatility, their success in navigating an obstacle course and their ability to lift a variety of objects off the ground.
"As a specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics school we often challenge our students in quite adventurous and unusual ways," says John Morrison, Lincoln UTC Principal. "Our students have worked with the RAF to intercept unidentified airborne threats; they have undertaken disaster relief challenges with the Royal Navy; and we’ve worked with primary schools to recreate medieval warfare. This time though we’re going into the future and giving young people who don’t study here a chance to take part in our Robot Wars."
"Just like the TV show, the robots may well damage each other during the final race but we’re toning down the aggression and the enjoyment will come from the design and manufacturing process. We think it will be a great experience for the teams and will give them an insight into how Lincoln UTC approaches education at the same time."
To enter the free two-day competition, budding robot designers just have to assemble a team of four and email their team name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on 30th March.
Opened in 2014 and based in an £8m learning facility on Lindum Hill, Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 19-year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in engineering and science. Supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and a range of Lincolnshire businesses, up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year.