Students Take Part in MBDA Robot Rumble Final

Our twelfth annual Robot Rumble competition reached its finale last month with an exciting maze competition. Run every year by MBDA apprentices and graduates, the competition involved 16 schools within the county of Hertfordshire creating and programming a robot able to compete in a series of challenges.


Students were first introduced to the equipment they could build their robot with at the launch event in June 2018. Bringing their first model to the intermediate event in November, this round involved three different challenges, created by several of our apprentices. Teams were also introduced to an MBDA graduate, who would act as their mentors for the competition. On hand to help their teams, these graduates helped with educating and guiding the students as they were building their robots.


In January of this year, the final event was held at the University of Hertfordshire, with over 100 pupils in attendance. The schools were competing in alliances to score the most stars in the VEX final game, Turning Point. This required the robots to climb platforms and throw balls to turn flags. The event was run by apprentice volunteers and supported by Rodney Day, the Dean of Engineering, as well as members of the MBDA senior management team.

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The day concluded with an awards ceremony and the overall competition winners were John Warner School in Hoddesdon.

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This year’s Project Manager, final year Business Apprentice Tim said: "Being the project manager for Robot Rumble was a fantastic opportunity and was great to introduce and encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to the students." The school teams, which were made up of students aged 13 to 14, had to design and create a robot out of the equipment provided to them. “