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BT volunteers help ‘robot students’ to global glory

19 August 2016 

Pupils from Beccles Free School.

BT volunteers help ‘robot students’ to global glory A team of students from a school in Suffolk have become ‘robotics’ world champions – with a little assistance from BT.

Pupils from Beccles Free School, won the CoSpace Robotics 2016 World Championships in Germany.

They were among young programmers from around the world who competed in a number computer-based robotic challenges that tested their ability to solve problems, analyse the effectiveness of different strategies and write code.

The students’ journey to the world title began when they won the UK championships, an event organised by BT volunteers and hosted at BT’s research laboratories in Adastral Park, Suffolk.

Skills development

BT volunteers have helped more than 1,000 children from across the region to develop their skills in computational thinking and coding.

Beccles Free School then went on to win the world championships with their robot, Tempest.

They beat schools from around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, China and Croatia.

Johann Don-Daniel, Beccles Free School’s design and technology teacher, said: “I want to thank BT for their support, both emotionally and financially.”

Jonathan Legh-Smith head of partnerships and strategic research in Technology, Service & Operations says: “It’s fantastic to see a Suffolk school becoming the UK’s first world champions after only three years.”

Up there with the best

“The CoSpace competition works well with primary and secondary schools and fits perfectly with the computing curriculum. It allows students to stretch themselves and offers the opportunity to compete with the best schools from around the world.”

“Buoyed by this success, we’re looking to double the number of schools competing in the next UK CoSpace competition.”

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