When this was proposed as a STEM activity I jumped at the chance to take it on for the Unit; however once I had spoken to the school I realised it was a much bigger activity than I initially thought. I

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The school’s lead for the competition, Mrs Jackie Kershaw, contacted 1710 NAS in September to ask for STEM Ambassador assistance to help mentor and guide the children through the challenge and 1710 NAS were more than willing to help.

The team from 1710 NAS provided mentoring and engineering guidance to the school team, known as the Water Warriors, during dedicated weekly sessions to help them produce a robot and prepare for all aspects culminating at the regional competition at Portsmouth University on the 20th December.

Competing against six other strong teams, the Water Warriors stormed the competition and not only achieved the top score in the robot game and subsequently winning the prize for the best robot, they also won the overall event.

This means the Water Warriors have been selected for the National finals in Bristol, February 2018 with a chance to compete in the International competition in the USA later in the year.

Delighted with their success Jackie Kershaw said: ‘’What a fantastic result!  Better than we have ever achieved before and it is all down to the help, expertise and time that 1710 NAS has given to the school over the last three months. The children were thrilled with their victory and couldn't wait to tell everyone back at school.

"The children were only able to win because in addition to sharing their own technical abilities, the team from 1710 NAS were able to coach and inspire them to do their best.  As STEM Ambassadors they are surely role models and I would like to thank them so much for enabling the children to achieve this great success.’’

The 1710 NAS STEM Ambassadors will continue to support the Meon Junior School Water Warriors with their preparation for the National competition where they will hopefully find further success and a trip the USA representing the United Kingdom in due course.

Go Water Warriors!

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