Physics students at Cardiff and Vale College are robot warriors

27 July 2016

Physics students at Cardiff and Vale College are robot warriors

A team of three AS Physics students have come second in a robot rally contest, competing against schools and colleges from across South Wales and South West England.

Abdulla Nuuh, Aga Furtak and Ahmed Al-Nussairi were taking part in the the University of South Wales’ Engineering Olympics. Teams had to build then programme a robot to navigate a race track in the shortest possible time, using several trials to optimise the computer code before sending it on to the robot’s on-board processor.

Seven other schools and colleges took part and each team had three timed laps, with the fastest two times aggregated to determine the overall winner. The CAVC were in a strong lead after the first round, but a fightback by Bristol Grammar School in the final round saw Cardiff and Vale College finish second overall.

“Abdulla, Aga and Ahmed put in an excellent performance,” CAVC Vice Principal for Curriculum and Standards Emil Evans said. “It was a really good effort and I congratulate them – hopefully we will have some robotic engineers of the future here at the College.”