Heavy metal in the classroom as Robot Wars comes to Bardney

Jack Newberry, Kevin Grinfelds, Jake Ingram, Chelsea Betmead and Faye Pringle EMN-140922-140338001
Jack Newberry, Kevin Grinfelds, Jake Ingram, Chelsea Betmead and Faye Pringle EMN-140922-140338001

Some seriously heavy metal and battles ‘to the death’ are not normally found in the classroom.

But that was what was in store for children at Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School took part in a Robots Live day on Monday, September 22.

Based on the hit BBC series Robot Wars, the children had a demonstration from the 130kg ‘House’ robot, Battleaxe, which with its very impressive pincers and hammer.

The children from years 2 through to year 6 then took part in a series of workshops throughout the day, working in teams to build their own robots from kits.

They then had to perform various tasks and battle it out in the arena.

Headteacher, Garth Hicks, said: “The idea behind bringing Robot Wars into school, was to give the children first hand experiences that link directly to the topics they are studying in school.

“All the classes are looking at robots or machinery of some kind and we saw this as a fantastic opportunity to get the children really enthused about their learning.

“It has been a brilliant day, that both the children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed. The children have been really excited.”

Comments from the children included, “Awesome,” “This is the best day ever!” “I want to build my own robot,” and “When are they coming back?”