Clubs & Societies | Posted 16.03.2015

Rhetoric’s robotics veterans  Anthony Chow, William Donlon and George Ainscough have won the National RoboCup Competition for the fifth consecutive year, ending their Stonyhurst robotics career on a high!

In 2011 they travelled to Istanbul for the international final and they are hoping to be able to raise enough money to go to China in July for RoboCup 2015. With A levels looming, however, time for fund-raising is short. All three have got offers from universities to study related subjects: Anthony hopes to go to Cambridge for Engineering; William and George have offers from Imperial College London, for Physics and Electronic Engineering.

Physics teacher Mr Bickerstaff, who runs the robotics club said: “The team performed very well together, with each having a different role to play. William does the programming, George is in charge of the electronics and Anthony is good at the mechanics. They’ve used the same robot for the last 5 years and it’s got better and better! They have also been working on a super-robot, to be brought out for the international final, if they ever get there!”

Anthony said: “We’ve always enjoyed robotics because it’s great to put your knowledge and skill to practical use and to do something fun in competition with others.” “It’s interesting that robotics is extremely popular in almost every other country except the UK” said George. “It involves several different things – engineering, maths, design and soft-ware design.”

Interestingly, the official goal of the competition is “to produce a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players capable of winning a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup“!