Date of release: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Robot WarsThe university's latest robot creation is competing in the Robot Wars television series on Sunday 2 April.

Trolley Rage2 was designed and built in the Faculty of Engineering & Science from disused shopping trolleys and an abandoned hand axe. The motor was retrieved from an old wheelchair.

The robot's fate in the arena will be revealed in Episode 5 of the ninth Robot Wars series, which starts at 7pm on BBC Two.

It is the first time the university, which has hosted two successful Robot Wars Live Shows at its Medway Campus, has entered a robot in the TV series.

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Simeon Keates says: "Our aim is to demonstrate how simple, cheap and sustainable it can be to build a robot. Taking part in the television show, and having the chance to put Trolley Rage2 through its paces in the famous Glasgow arena, is fun and exciting."

Trolley Rage2 was constructed by Faculty of Engineering & Science technicians, as well as by second-year Mechanical Engineering student and robot enthusiast Gareth Anstee.

Plans are already in hand for building a more robust University of Greenwich robot, which Gareth is planning to take to Robot Wars Live contests across the country.

Greenwich will be hosting its third year of Robot Wars Live shows at the Medway Campus in September.

Schools from across the south-east will compete with robots they are currently building, supported by university engineers, in a special schools' performance of the Robot Wars Live show.

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For more on Robot Wars and engineering at Greenwich: http://www.gre.ac.uk/features/robot-wars-greenwich-to-enter-the-arena-for-bbc-debut

Picture: Presenters Angela Scanlon and Dara O'Briain. Picture courtesy of Plank PR.