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Crumblebots and CoSpace Rescue days inspire nearly 1000 students

Nearly 1000 Students from 37 local schools took part in taster days held at Adastral Park

Introduced last year, “Line Tracking” with Crumblebots is a new event which expanded to a whole week this year. The Students arrived having never programmed the Crumblebots and within 4 hours were taking part in a fun robot pursuit line tracking challenge. The days allowed students not only to have fun but to Tinker, Collaborate, Persevere and Program. 9 year old Sam, from Horringer Court Middle School chatted all about his experience to Chris Evans on Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

CoSpace Rescue taster days are in their 4th year and were well attended again by local schools. The CoSpace Rescue days use software developed by Singapore Polytechnic and again take novice students from scratch to having a fun (and noisy) final within 4 hours. The UK now has the most students participating in CoSpace Rescue. Two students from County Upper School represented the United Kingdom at the World Computer Programming Finals, CoSpace Rescue secondary league (14-18 years) in Nagoya in Japan. They were both excellent ambassadors for their school and the UK. They won the Best Technical Presentation Award, were fourth in the super-final and third in the individual Technical Programming Challenge.

These events were all supported by BT Volunteers.