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Leiston Primary School pupils win national robot programming contest

The RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIX

The RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIX

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Young tech whizzes scooped a national robotics award for their Suffolk school.

Leiston Primary School pupils pose for a photo with a Formula One car. Picture: TOM BOSHERLeiston Primary School pupils pose for a photo with a Formula One car. Picture: TOM BOSHER

Leiston Primary triumphed over 20 schools in the final of the RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ contest at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, by programming robots to perform tasks.

The RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIXThe RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIX

Year Six teacher, Tom Bosher said: “We aim to provide many opportunities for our children and we jumped at the chance to take part in such an amazing competition.”

Leiston Primary School scooped the overall RoboCup Junior CoSpace prize. Ebonie Lee (left) and Ruby Hawes pick up the Endeavour Award from Alison Hilton, HR director, BT technology service and operation. Picture: TOM BOSHERLeiston Primary School scooped the overall RoboCup Junior CoSpace prize. Ebonie Lee (left) and Ruby Hawes pick up the Endeavour Award from Alison Hilton, HR director, BT technology service and operation. Picture: TOM BOSHER

Tim Whitley, BT’s research and innovation chief, said: “We want to get as many young people as possible interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and it’s vital for the UK’s economic growth that we have pupils equipped with the skills we need for the future.”

The RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIXThe RoboCup Junior ‘CoSpace Rescue’ competition final at BT’s Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Picture: BILLYPIX

Children from Ipswich’s Clifford Road Primary School, St Joseph’s College, and Westley Middle School, in Bury St Edmunds, also won programming competition tasks on the day.

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