07/10/13 - Year 9 Enjoy a Robotics Road Show!
Sentinus, the Northern Ireland SETPOINT, is a not for profit educational charity and one of the largest providers of business/education activity in the United Kingdom. The organisation works with young people, from 5 to 19 years old, to promote innovation and creativity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and support the development of employability and life skills through challenging and exciting experiences linked with the world of work.
On Monday 7th October pupils from Newtownhamilton High School took part in the Sentinus Robotics Roadshow, held within the Technology and Design suite. The students put their problem solving skills to very good use by working through a series of robotics challenges.
Working in pairs, supported by a team of trained Year 12 mentors, the pupils were taught how to write simple programmes to control their own robot. They then wrote their own programmes to get it to carry out a range of specific tasks set within the context of lunar exploration. The event concluded with a competitive challenge for the teams at the end of the day.
Students from 9X and 9A thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A huge thank you to the team of mentors from Year 12, who helped and guided the Year 9 pupils throughout the two sessions.