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Park High Wins EEP Robotics Challenge

A group of Year 9 Design and Technology students at Park High School, competed against 250 other schools and won the Tomorrows Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge at the Big Bang Fair, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. They had to design a robot to solve seven different scientific problems, present their robot design to real life engineers.

Jeawoo Rhee, a technology teacher at Park High School who also runs the robotics club, said: “The students worked extremely hard during lunch and after school to build and program a robot to solve seven space missions.

“We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements.”

Park High School Robotics Team was founded by a group of twenty-two Year 9 Design & Technology students who all had a passion for problem solving and coding. They split themselves up in to three different teams and collaborated with one another to solve the robot challenge. There were many difficult obstacles to overcome and through resilience and collaboration each student left each session more confident than they had entered it. The robotics program at Park High is off to a great start thanks to the EEP Robotics Challenge and the students are already showing interest in other projects for the future.

The final team competing at the Queen Mary University EEP Robotics challenge were selected through observations during the project and internal competition they organised and held between them.

The students are a mix of different abilities and each have their own strengths that synergise well with one another every Tuesday for two sessions a week. Some of the students even came back during lunch and after school to work on the EV3’s and challenge reports. The enthusiasm for this project has been overwhelming both for staff and students.

The project was self-directed and members of staff were only present to help facilitate the learning and guide. This enabled the students to take control of their learning and explore the software and make mistakes. Mistakes were encouraged so that students could experiment with other solutions and be creative.

Not only did our students develop resilience and collaborative skills in this challenge but we also noticed students were showing leadership and healthy competition. This also raised the self-esteem of many students.

"I really loved working with my peers and solving challenging problems through design and coding. The completion was the nest part of my school experience so far."

"At first I didn’t enjoy the robotics but once Mr. Rhee kept challenging and I understood it. I started to really enjoy it. Best club ever."

"The robotics club has really made me want to work in the engineering sector once I graduate from university."

 The challenge has proved to be an excellent way to link the curriculum and promote engineering, design, and computing. As for the teachers this challenge has made us want to go back to school as a student so that we can take part in the exciting EEP Robotics challenge.

Watch the team in action on the link below:


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Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Phone:020 8952 2803

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