Date of release: Friday, September 30, 2016

Robot WarsA robot designed and built by pupils at Featherby Junior School, Gillingham reigned supreme in the schools' Robot Wars shows at the University of Greenwich at Medway.

The young engineers beat off competition from ten Kent and London schools to take the championship with their remote control creation, Featherby Flame. The other finalists who competed in the full-size arena were Cecil Road Primary, Gravesend; Park Wood Junior School, Rainham, and Shooters Hill College.

Now schools across Kent and London are being encouraged to enter the university's Robot Wars 2017 competition.

They are invited to submit a drawing of their proposed robot along with ideas for materials, details of the design and, most importantly, a description of the weapons it would use to beat off challengers.

Winning schools will be given the motors and radio control systems they need to construct their robot, and will be able to access plenty of hands-on advice from the university's engineering experts.

Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "Our three days of Robot Wars has been incredible fun.

"The schools' robots were brilliant. The pupils were able to showcase their designs, learn a lot more about the secrets behind successful robots and see TV house favourites such as Matilda and Major Damage in action."

This year the university's schools Robot Wars competition attracted 300 entries. Professor Keates is hoping that even more schools will submit robot designs for the 2017 competition.

"Our goal is to show more young people how inspiring engineering can be and the fun they can have creating their own robots," he says.

The deadline for 2017 entries is 5pm on Tuesday 1 November. Entries should be sent to Robot Wars, Faculty of Engineering & Science, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB. For further information, please contact Lynn Wilson: L.Wilson@gre.ac.uk.

Find out more about engineering courses and research at Medway at http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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Picture: Featherby Junior School pupils celebrate their success.