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    Robotics Pioneers Hit Significant Milestone

    This photo speaks a thousand words! Our Sixth Form roboteers reached a significant milestone yesterday when they successfully controlled a robot arm in a Digital Learning classroom from a position on the opposite side of our grounds.

    This photo speaks a thousand words!

    Our Sixth Form roboteers reached a significant milestone yesterday when they successfully controlled a robot arm in a Digital Learning classroom from a position on the opposite side of our grounds.

    While pupils in theFirst to Third Forms are getting to grips with writing their very first programs in their Digital Learning lessons, the students in the Sixth Form extension course are busy experimenting with and trialling advanced projects. Recently they have been getting to grips with controlling the servo-motor robot arm - a very technical and complicated project indeed!

    Mr Michael Reed, Head of Digital Learning, explains, "Initially, they learnt how servo motors work and how to send the precisely-timed pulses to make them move in a graceful way. A program had to be written from scratch to send all 6 pulses to the motors, making sure they didn’t overrun their limits or move too fast."

    "If that wasn’t complicated enough, the challenge was for the students to not actually control the arm from the Raspberry Pi itself but rather to remotely connect to it using an iPad and then control it from the other side of the school grounds.  The operator was relayed guidance from her teammates back in the room."

    "So many hurdles have been overcome to make this picture and a lot has been learnt on the exciting journey so far!"