Students show skills building sumo robots!

Students from Barnes Wallis work on the wind farm model EMN-160420-113011001
Students from Barnes Wallis work on the wind farm model EMN-160420-113011001
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There are no shortage of budding bright sparks among students at the Barnes Wallis Academy in Tattershall.

They have been developing their electronics skills with the help of the University of Nottingham.

Thanks to the University, Academy students have made and programmed their own sumo robots!

The robots were just one of the many highlights of a series of engagement workshops delivered to Academy pupils by the University’s Electronics Club.

The workshops involved students from Years 7, 8 and 9. They assembled wind turbines and learned about the mechanics behind constructing them.

In a follow-up session, they built the robots and even programmed them to move within a confined space.

The workshops were preparation for an electronics ‘challenge’ at the university next term.

Emma Day, Assistant Principal and Head of Science at Barnes Wallis, said: “The workshops were fantastic. The students were thrilled to take part in the interactive science challenges and there is a huge buzz about the upcoming events at the university.”

The academy has also been celebrating British Science Week with a range of workshops and activities taking place.

They included a CSI Day where Year 5 pupils from local primary schools visited Barnes Wallis for a day of forensic investigations.