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Sheffield Girls' hosts World Educational Robotics Primary Hub Regional Final

Sheffield Girls' Junior School recently transformed into a hub of technological innovation as it played host to the World Educational Robotics (WER) Primary Hub Competition. The event brought together young minds from across the city, with thirteen teams representing six different schools competing for the coveted title of WER Regional Champions.

The challenge set before these budding robotics experts was no small feat: they were tasked with researching AI, preparing a team presentation and planning and debugging their showcase robots. The competition tested the pupils technical skills, programming knowledge and their ability to work as a team, communicate effectively, and solve problems collaboratively.

Mrs Williams and Mrs Pooley, our Junior School robotics specialists, welcomed distinguished guest judges from various industries, as well as students and academics from the University of Sheffield, HSBC, Oxford University and STEM ambassador’s undertook the challenging task of evaluating each team's performance.

Mrs Williams, Science Lead at Sheffield Girls’ Juniors said: “Today’s event is an exciting culmination of our long term partnership project with schools across the city who are equally passionate about the power and importance of robotics to the next generation of computer engineers and programmers. It’s a privilege, as the UK hub for Junior World Education Robotics, to be able to welcome so many pupils to Sheffield Girls’ for this collaborative competition and watch the ingenuity and initiative on display as our groups of students tackle each challenge. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to develop enhanced skills in Junior robotics, it’s also a wonderful chance to meet new people who share your interests and make new friends.”

Team 10 emerged victorious as the overall winners, showcasing a blend of programming knowledge and creative ingenuity. In addition to the top honours,Team 8 received awards for resilience and teamwork, and Team 7 won the team show, highlighting the diverse skill sets on display.

The event would not have been possible without the support of the judges and teachers from each partner school, and the enthusiastic participation of parents, families, and students. We were delighted to work with teams from Arbourthorne Community, Nether Green, St Marie’s, Ecclesall Primary, St Joseph’s and Marlcliffe Primary Schools. Their collective spirit contributed to a thoroughly entertaining and exciting day.

Thank you to everyone involved!

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