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Hills Road Robotics Team Success

28 Apr 2017
Photograph shows from left to right: Kieran Edney, Josh Holland, Simon Beal, Archie Godfrey, Sasha Shtyrov, Sam Ross, Jakub Hajdus, Lizzie Howells, Aleks Gorkowienko, Catherine Lawes, Joe Morton, Peter Burton, Kazuo Newcombe, George Cliff.

A group of Hills Road Sixth Form College students recently took home two awards from the National Student Robotics competition 2017 with their autonomous Portal themed robot.

The students, known as Team Systemetric were able to build their latest robot with the help of corporate sponsorship. After four months of testing and two days of frantic competition they secured second place against 50 teams from the UK and Germany.

The robots were programmed to locate different ‘tokens’ from the arena and return them to their ‘home zone’ while avoiding 3 other robots attempting to do the same in each round. The robots used a camera to autonomously identify their targets and negotiate the arena and had a range of strategies to cope with different situations during the game.

Team Systemetric were also awarded the ‘Team Image’ prize for their Portal Companion Cube themed robot, Team costumes and Twitter feed: @systemetriclabs

The team’s Captain, Peter Burton said, “It's amazing to see that the effort the team put into the robot this year has paid off, congratulations to everyone involved!”

Following their strong performance at this competition, Team Systemetric has been shortlisted to represent the United Kingdom at the inaugural FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington, DC, USA where teams from across the world will be competing in July.

The team’s success was helped by the generous funding from Cambridge Medical Robotics, the dedication of David Massey, teacher at Hills Road Sixth Form College and mentorship given by Will Munns.