TALENTED techies from a town school are preparing to fly to America to take on the best robotic brains from around the world.
North Bromsgrove High School sixth formers Liam Grazier, James Jarvis, George Freeman and Joel Hirons, part of teams 5119 and 5119z , qualified for the World Robotics Championships final after coming through a recent regional heat.
The teams will be heading to California for the finals, which are being held between April 23 and 26.
The students from the School Drive-based school have designed, built, wired and programmed their robots from scratch – and during the finals will take on other entrants in a game called Toss Up.
Played on a 12-foot square table-top pitch, the game sees robots battling to score their coloured balls into strategic scoring positions, with extra points awarded for ending the clash with the team's robot suspended above the playing surface.
Competing in the final is reward for the students' three years of hard work on technology projects and fine tuning their designs at North's Robotics Club.
Liam Grazier, team captain of 5119z, said: “We’re delighted.
"This has finally happened after countless hours of work on the robots and we’re determined to give it our best shot in the final. It will be an amazing experience.”
The team's success is also good news for the school's robotics club, which has proved popular with pupils.
The school's maths teacher, Robin Williams, said: “I’m thrilled for the students – they’ve done brilliantly well and now have a chance to make a name for themselves, and their robot, on a world stage.
“We’ve been running a Robotics Club at North for five years and it’s proved hugely enjoyable and successful .
"One member has gone on to land a robotics-themed university course and all have promising futures ahead of them.”
In preparation for the world finals, the students have also entered the UK national championships, being held at the NEC next month.
The team is looking for sponsorship from companies to help them pay the £5,000 it is costing the students to attend the USA final.
Sponsors will have their logos on banners and t-shirts, as well as on the robots.
For more details, or to register an interest in sponsoring the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit 5119z.com.