Youngsters from the Rose Hill area in Oxford, took part in their very own Olympic games recently with a twist – the athletes were robotic.
Since January this year, children have been learning the basics of computer programming, robotics and mechanical concepts using LEGO. The classes have been run by IbnSina Mindcrafters, in partnership with the Rose Hill Lottery Project.
IbnSina Mindcrafters, based in Oxford, is a community interest company who work with local organisations to provide robotic experiences for children aged 8-13.
The Rose Hill Lottery Project forms part of a wider regeneration project in Rose Hill by GreenSquare, which first began in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength.
The Robot Olympics took place on Saturday 18 May at Rose Hill Community Centre. The robots the children created competed against each other in a series of challenges.
The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire together with the Chair of Oxfordshire County Council presented the children with medals, prizes and certificates at the end of the competition.
Fran Gardner, GreenSquare’s dedicated Rose Hill community worker, said: “I just can’t believe how quickly the children have been able to programme and build these robots – it’s just been amazing and such a fantastic opportunity. The children quickly learnt to work as a team and their enthusiasm and commitment has been wonderful.”
The lessons have also helped the children have develop their team working, decision making and problem solving skills.
You can read more here about the success of the Rose Hill Lottery Project in the last year.
Photos by Alexander Hammonds