Boys Second in National Technology Challenge
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
A team from Bolton School Boys' Division called 'The Recyclopaths' have been awarded second place in the National Final of the Toyota Technology Challenge!
Over the past few months, 'The Recyclopaths' who are Charles Flanders, Luc Damiani and Daniel Hurt from year 10, and Niall Woodward and Alex Seed from Year 7, have been designing and building a robot to enter the Toyota Technology Challenge. This national competition requires teams to build an environmentally friendly robot to automatically navigate its way around an obstacle course. Their robot, called 'The WEEE-Madillo', is a robotised armadillo made from parts recycled from old computers - it takes its name from 'Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment'.
The competition attracted around 350 entries from schools across the UK and 'The Recyclopaths' won the North regional finals to make it through to the final which was held at Toyota Manufacturing UK's Burnaston Plant in Derbyshire. The boys fought their way through to second place in the final - a fantastic achievement as they were runners up to a school who has entered the competition for five years in a row.
The WEEE-Madillo can be seen on display in the cabinet outside room A9 in the Technology Department.