Our Lady and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Our Lady and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Searching faithfully for excellence

Congratulations to Rosie Gillespie Winner of the Jess Cup

Fitzwilliam Street, Rotherham,South Yorkshire S63 7HG


01709 760084

Coding Club

Coding Club

Coding Blog

Practise Tournament

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The 4 teams took part in a mini tournament which resulted in some great imp‪rovements in technique and strategy. They also received warnings for illegally touching the robot while in a game. Hopefully these lessons will be learned for next week's tournament.

Fine Tuning and debugging

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With just over 2 weeks to go until the qualification tournament, the teams were busy practising their driving skills and teamwork. They also worked on programming their robot autonomously. This involved a lot of debugging to make it travel the exact course required. Some good scores are being posted. Teams now just need to show more consistency and work together on the field to get even more points.

Competition Time

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This week the teams had a mini competition against each other. This allowed lots of practise against the clock and also to discover and correct any problems. They were some good scoring matches and a lot of advice for next time.

Finishing Touches

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The teams have been busy tweaking their grabbing and hooking mechanisms in preparation for some matches against each other in the coming weeks. Will the robots do what they are expected to do when it matters?

Invasion of the Robots

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This week the teams finished building their robots and began coding them. This involves telling the robot brain which port each motor is on and which part of the controller activates it. One team features a scissor lifting mechanism, while another has a forklift type operation. Time to put these to the test.

Hang on!

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As teams re-designed and reassembled their robots the focus turned towards a claw or hook. By Hanging on the bar and lifting themselves off the ground, the teams robots can score extra points at the end of the match. As seen below this robot is hanging off the ground.

More points can be scored if it is high enough to fit a hub underneath.

Grabbing Frenzy

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This week has seen teams working frantically at their grabbing mechanisms to help pick up and push the hubs (game pieces). Some teams have rebuilt their base bot to accommodate their revising while others have adapted the original claw from the basebot. 

New School Year-New Robots

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This Year we are running 4 coding teams who will each design their own robot.

The teams hoping to emulate their peers and reach the UK or World finals are:

Coders 4 Life: a mixed Year 6 team;

Hero Sixes: a mixed Year 6 team;

Robot Rovers: an all boys Year 5 team;

and Circuit Sisters: an all girls Year 5 team.

The start of term has seen the teams busy adapting their basebot with various pushing and grabbing mechanisms that they have found from their research.

Thanking our sponsors

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What a busy half term.  As well as competing in Kentucky, the Wacky Wobots have completed their SATs and now just finishing their thank you letters to the sponsors. Definitely time for a break!

Inspiring a school

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The returning World Finalists led a whole school assembly this morning. In the assembly they told the school about their time and experiences in America. Needless to say their journey and achievements have the entire school so proud of them and they’ve inspired a new bunch of coders to take on the challenge next year!

A Successful Trip

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The Wacky Wobots finished their qualification matches, programming runs and driving skill today. In the teamwork competition they amassed a high score of 234. This has not only been an amazing trip but also an impressive learning curve as the high score from the UK qualifiers was 55. The team finished the tournament ranked 36th out of 80 in their group putting them in the top 200 teams overall. 

The team then watched the finals which were dominated by a Chinese teams with a winning score of nearly 400. 

After next years game was revealed the team enjoyed a visit to the adjacent theme park Kentucky Kingdom for the official after-party.

Their behaviour, teamwork, and communication with other teams has been outstanding.

Well Done Wacky Wobots -you have made us all proud.



Let Battle Commence!

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After the opening ceremony, the team have completed 6 matches and also attempted their autonomous and driver skills rounds.

After winning the regional competition with a high score of 55, the team have so far an average score of over 130. This is more than double their previous winning score.

With 4 more matches tomorrow the team are mid-table in their 80 team group.

The children have collaborated , practised and completed with teams from across the USA , and Canada. 

They have also talked the judges through their Engineering notebook and design ideas as well as presenting their STEM research into robots used to help with Diabetes.

After nearly 12 hours of competing, its time for a good nights sleep.


Opening Ceremony

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Think Olympic opening ceremony and you get an idea what it's like in the Freedom Arena.

The Wobots had 3 places to lead out the UK teams in the parade of nations. 

There are teams from 46 different nations, representing every continent. Some of these teams will be in alliance with the Wacky Wobots,where teamwork and strategy are the key. 

Wacky Wobots are go!

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The Wacky Wobots have a had a busy day. After getting to the centre they have had to do the following:

decorate and prepare the pit area;

re-assemble their robot (Stevie 2.0);

hand in their engineering diary;

take their robot to inspection;

adapt their robot so that it passes inspection;

find their alliance teams and discuss tactics;

complete the driver skills challenge;

compete in their practice match.

Inbetween all this they have been meeting and sharing their experiences and souvenirs with teams from as far away as New Zealand, China and Finland.

High Praise

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The success of the robotics team is getting noted by a wide range of people.

We have recently received gifts from Sharon Kemp the leader of RMBC.

Also Justine Greening MP (former education secretary) has sent words of encouragement to the team and the positive effect this can have in the future:

I was really interested to hear about the success of Our Lady and St Joseph Primary School in Rotherham and it is great to hear that they have reached the World Finals of the 2018 VEX Robotics Championships. Getting more children to code is crucial and it is also encouraging that young people - including a girl in the winning team -  are now being inspired to get involved in science and engineering."

Finishing Touches

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The robotics team have been busy putting the finishing touches to their coding program that will drive the robot autonomously.

They would also like to thank Cogs Agency for the generous donation and for spreading the word about their success.

More thank yous to John Greaves at Rotherham Libraries; Lorna Pedley from Clifton Park Museum, Barbara from Elsecar Cricket Club; Jill Shirt and James McLaughlin from Rotherham Mayor's office; and last but not least Jane Carrie from Rotherham tourist information Centre. All their time and donations will help make this a great experience for the children.

Testing the grip on the Wacky Wobots Wobot!

Almost there!

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The Wacky Wobots team have been working hard at their programming skills  to allow the robot to score as high as possible on the automated round. This involves coding using a language called RobotC. This is then downloaded to the Robot to control it.

The fund raising has also been boosted from a couple of  generous donations one  by a local company. RWB Utilities Ltd based in Wath  and also from St Joseph's Parish Wath. These will go a long way to help send the team across the Atlantic.

Getting Closer

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The Wacky Wobots team would like to thank 2 locally based manufacturing businesses for their generous donations. Both Aesseal and Gripple Automation have very kindly donated money towards the fund raising campaign that will get the team to the World Finals in Kentucky , USA. 

Meanwhile the robotics team have been testing their Omni-directional drive-train  and their new grabber design. During these trials they created a list of adaptations and refinements needed to improve the efficiency of their robot. They will also be cominng into school over Easter to work on their programming.

Heading in the right direction!

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This week has seen 2 big steps forward. The fundraising campaign as been boosted by a very kind and generous donation from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. This grant will go a huge way towards reaching the finals. The team have also started to code the robot using a program called RobotC. This new program has much more capacity allowing the team to code more sophisticated algorithms.


Thank you!


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This is the Wacky Wobots team receiving their Excellence award at the regional finals.  This was the award that got them a guaranteed place at the International Finals in Kentucky, USA.

Well Done to everyone involved.

You will be able to follow their progress here as they prepare and improve their robot for this amazing journey.

Wacky Wobot's blog - our journey to Kentucky

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Welcome to Wacky Wobot's blog. Here you will be able to keep up to date with our Y6 Coding team who have been awarded the ‘Excellence Award’ which gave them a ‘golden’ ticket for the World Finals in Louisville, Kentucky USA  (28th April to 1st May 2018).

Thoughts on the forthcoming trip!
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