Students design and build robots

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Students at Hailsham Community College got the chance to build their own remote controlled robots at the University of Brighton.

The event, Antweight Challenge, was organised by Stem Sussex and saw 11 to 16-year-olds build their own robots in a two hour workshop.

The event also involved other challenges for the pupils involving physics and technology such as a football challenge and the Last Ant Standing challenge.

STEM Sussex is the outreach department of the university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and use these activities to teach children about electrical circuits and the importance of trialling, as well as momentum and friction.

STEM Sussex Director Bronagh Liddicoat said the activity was about team work and learning about science in a light hearted environment.

He said: “The activity is linked to the Design and Technology curriculum, and is about teamwork, planning and communicating ideas and working with tools, materials and components to produce quality products and processes.

“In a fairly light-hearted environment, it helps to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of materials and components and of systems and controls.”

The Antweight challenge is also designed to help give children a more informed decision about future career paths.

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