SGS Berkeley Green UTC students place third in Freight Frenzy Challenge

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Students from SGS Berkeley Green UTC have been placed third in First Tech UK’s Freight Frenzy Challenge.

The national competition pitched student-built robots against each other. This year’s challenge saw robots picking up items such as rubber ducks and balls and placing them in designated areas to simulate a freight network.

Following a 2021 talk at UTC’s career week from Raytheon UK, which has a base in the county, the firm approached the UTC and offered funding and mentoring support for a group of 13 students to compete in First Tech UK’s national competition.

Joss, Software Engineer at Raytheon UK, said: “Through the STEM work that Raytheon UK undertakes, I was fortunate to be able to help mentor a brilliant team, from Berkeley Green UTC, with their entry to the First Tech Challenge.

“I was really impressed with the range of new ideas they all had, their problem-solving skills and how they worked really effectively as a team. In the competition they performed well under pressure and I think the end result is a testament to all the hard work they put in.”

Raytheon UK employees mentored students on technical and soft skills in fortnightly sessions, helping the students to an impressive performance in their first competition entry.

Paul Shaddick, a digital teacher from the UTC, said: “We had a great day together, following on from months of working as a team, and couldn’t be happier with the result.”

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