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Sheffield Girls’ hosts WER UK Primary Hub Regional Finals

Thursday night marked a highlight in our robotics calendar at Sheffield Girls’ as we hosted the World Educational Robotics (WER) Primary Hub Regional Final for Year 5 and 6 pupils from across the city. 

Eight teams of budding robotics experts from 4 different schools competed to be crowned WER regional champions. Pupils were tasked with a ‘debugging’ challenge, during which they had to programme their robots to get to a destination and interact with a task model.  They then had to demonstrate their programming skills through a robot showcase. 

Mrs Williams and Mrs Pooley, our Junior School robotics specialists, welcomed guest judges from industry, and students and academics from the University of Sheffield, Bristol and York  and AMRC had the tough task of judging each of the team performances. They were looking not only for prowess in robotics and programming but evidence of team working, good communication and problem solving.

After a thoroughly entertaining, and impressive, display of programming knowledge and ingenuity, Team Sheffield Blue were named overall winners. There were also awards presented for Excellence in Teamwork and for Focus and Resilience which went to two Ecclesall teams. 

A huge thanks to our judges and supporting teachers, to the parents and families who joined us, and to the pupils of St Joseph’s Primary, Ecclesall Primary and Marlcliffe Primary schools for being such enthusiastic and good spirited competitors. 

Sheffield Girls’ Infant and Junior School is the leading WER primary school hub in the UK and works in partnership with primary schools across the region to support the delivery of robotics teaching and learning to children from the age of 9 inspiring a new generation of robotics wizards for the future.                                                                                                                                  


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