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Robotics - we are outstanding

GCA's ambitious and successful robotics club runs more than 8 teams at any one time. Robotics started at GCA early in 2015 and teams have competed in the VEX IQ national and international competitions each season since then, with a superb track record of success.

Teams have become London, South East and UK National Champions in several categories. The school was crowned UK National Champions in 2015 and 2016. One of the teams that competed in the 2016 world finals in Kentucky, USA, finished 32nd for programming, the highest ever result for a UK school in this competition where highly experienced US and Japanese teams take most of the trophies. Our 2017 international final team took second UK place in Kentucky.

The 2017-18 season got off to a great start for us at John Warner School in Hoddeson. Our team had never competed in VRC before and had built and programmed their robot to compete in the new ‘In The Zone’ championship. In over eight hours of heats and matches they were put through their paces; this was an incredible learning curve, in terms of modifications and programming. They reached the quarter finals, and despite doing well in some nail biting  matches were finally knocked out in a tie-break match.

It was an great achievement for the team - Tech Fusion - and both Y10 boys, Mahdi and Aleksander, showed professionalism, maturity and real skill. This was an excellent start to the national competition.

Outstanding for All Award - The students who took part in the 2016 Kentucky finals were thrilled to receive Haringey Council's 'Outstanding for All' Award for achievement in STEM on December 5th at Alexandra Palace. Everyone at the ceremony agreed the award was well-deserved. 

We're also delighted that local primary pupils are able to join us for lessons where they learn how to program robots and tackle challenges. 

Interested primary schools are asked to contact our Head of Design and Technology, Mr Knappert - dknappert@greigcityacademy.co.uk.

Parents - if your child is keen on robotics, you are both welcome to call in to talk to Mr Knappert and GCA's roboteers and to try out some robotics challenges. The best way to arrange this is to send an email to the address above. Alternatively, please call the school on 020 8609 0100 and our receptionist will make sure Mr Knappert gets your message.