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16 August 2016

Students, from Beccles Free School, Suffolk, have won the CoSpace Robotics 2016 World Championships in Germany.

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

Their journey to the world title began when they won the UK championships, organised by our volunteers at our research centre at Adastral Park, Suffolk. They’ve helped more than 1,000 children from across the region develop their skills in computational thinking and coding.

Beccles Free School won the world championships with their robot, Tempest. They beat schools from around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, China and Croatia.

Students from Beccles Free School, Suffolk

Johann Don-Daniel, Beccles Free School’s design and technology teacher, says: “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.

“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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