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Top young minds compete to build best robot

A school in Bedfordshire is hosting a competition to see who can build the best robot.

Students at the Goldington Academy in Bedford are taking part in the challenge, which is run and sponsored by Lockheed Martin and aims to get more youngsters into the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

The teams have to manoeuvre the robot they built, moving cones around an arena and into certain positions. The more cones put into place, the higher their score.

The aim is to move the cones to certain positions or places. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Team Girlbot used to be an all-female team when it was set up, now they have both boys and girl members.

It doesn't matter what gender you are you have a choice to do whatever you like and depending on whether you like science, technology, engineering or mathematics then this is certainly something for you.

– Team Girlbot
Team Girlbot tinkering with their machine between rounds. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Those who are top at the end of the day also get the opportunity to compete at a national level.

This event to me is really important because when I was developing at a young age I had a keen interest in robotics and engineering and that sort of thing but I didn't really have the drive or the inspiration to go and get involved with it apart from stuff off my own back.

I think an event like this it's really important to see how students develop and how they interact with their passion and interests.

– Oscar Liddiard, Competition organiser and Lockheed Martin apprentice.
The winners have the chance to take part in a national competition. Credit: ITV Anglia.