The children completed in a number of rounds which involved programming the Robots to complete specific tasks, a presentation and a discussion and questioning around core values.
The presentation was perfection! Mollie, Ellie, Grace, Daniel, Lauryn, Travis, Edward and Mazden were a million times improved since Monday's run through! Superb! Children clearly took away the comments and the feedback and modified the presentation to produce a presentation that was so perfect the judges struggled to think of any challenging questions to ask the children.
In the programming rounds, Daniel and Travis were exceptional under pressure. An issue with the light sensor on the school's robot meant that the children were put under additional pressure in the initial 2 rounds. By the final robotic round, it appeared that the robots issues had been addressed and the two boys gave an excellent performance in the final round.
The final result didn't go in our favour. We finished second meaning we just missed out on a place in the National Final at Loughborough as we didn't win the overall trophy.
I know our children were incredibly disappointed by the result but all of the children worked so hard today and for what its worth I know I was so proud of our children and what they did today. Today just wasn't our day and in any competition there is always an element of luck! On this occasion, luck was not on our side.
We are resilient! We know that we gave it our best and on the day there were other teams that were better than us. We'll dust ourselves off, pick ourselves up and give ourselves credit for the fact that we were one of the youngest teams there and one of very few mainstream schools that were competing.
Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported including the ex pupils who came along to support younger siblings, Mr Edwards and the rest of the team.
The biggest thank you must go to Mr Edwards. Mr Edwards is a volunteer. He works tirelessly with our children, he purchases the equipment with money from his own pocket, he pays the entry fees and had paid for the children to have Robolab t-shirts. I am extremely grateful for everything he does for our children and just want to say 'Thank you Sir - we really appreciate everything that you do!'