On Monday 8th January, Oliver, a Year 10 student from Laurus Ryecroft, achieved an impressive 3rd place at the North West STEM Challenge Final.

The competition, organised by MCS Projects and the University of Manchester, aimed to inspire and challenge young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

To be in with a chance of winning the competition, Oliver had to collaborate with students from another school and put his teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test!

A Laurus Ryecroft student works on a challenge at the North West STEM Challenge final at University of Manchester 2024.

Oliver represented Laurus Ryecroft and was in a team with students from Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy.

The team faced a series of exciting challenges as they were tasked with programming a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot to navigate a maze of obstacles.

First, they had to enable the robot to move in different directions and then they used the infrared sensors to respond to different colours.

Oliver was an integral part of the team and helped guide their robot on a successful path through the maze.

Out of approximately 150 schools that took part in the competition starting last June, only eight teams made it to the final round.

Congratulations to Oliver and his team on achieving third place!

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