Seaford College student wins robot competition

Year 10 student Theo Burley won the contest, which was entered by pupils from more than 500 UK schools.

He entered the competition via the College during the autumn term and was informed about his victory by the organisers during the Christmas holidays.

Theo’s mother, Esther, said: “We are very proud of him. It was a great end to the year.

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“It has also inspired more creativity and lots of positivity for everyone in the New Year!”

The competition was organised by and judged by professional artist Mark Haig from Gizmobots, who particularly liked Theo’s use of recycled materials, which he collected from West Wittering beach and then stuck together using a glue gun.

The first prize was £300, £50 of which Theo has donated to a cancer charity.

“It is fantastic news that Theo recently won first place in a national art competition,” said Hazel Wiggin, Theo’s 3D Design teacher at Seaford. “Theo was set the robot-building task as GCSE half-term homework. He was very resourceful and went beach combing to collect his materials.

“His design is inventive and skilfully constructed. He also thought about the environmental implications of his robot by recycling old plastic and should be congratulated for this superb achievement.”

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