New robotics club launched

Members of QE’s new VEX Robotics Club for Years 8 and 9 will be preparing to take part in competition next year – and having a great deal of fun in the meantime!

Organised by technology teacher Michael Noonan, the club will enter teams in the worldwide VEX Robotics Competition, in which participants have to build and then program a robot to complete certain tasks.

“The aim of this club is to foster highly competitive, assertive and creative young robotic engineers while also developing team spirit by putting pupils together with boys from another year group,” said Mr Noonan. “Members will be taking part in local rounds in January and February in the hope of qualifying for the national competition in March, but if we reach that stage in our first year, that will be a bonus, really – our primary aim for now is to have fun experimenting and designing through robotics!”

""The after-school club meets three times each week. So far, the boys have been exploring basic designs and concepts, and have been looking at some of the successes of neighbouring schools such as East Barnet School and Henrietta Barnett as a source of inspiration and motivation.