Midlothian VEX Challenge 2017

Fourteen teams from Midlothian’s mi:SPACE project came to Newbattle Community High School to participate in Midlothian’s VEX Challenge.

The Midlothian Challenge required teams to control and program robots that they had designed in school to carry out a series of tasks. All of our schools showed fantastic skill and team work when taking part in each challenge. Pupils worked together to problem solve, write computer code and perfect their robot design throughout the event.

Bonnyrigg PS won the programming challenge, Saint Luke’s won the controller challenge and Newtongrange won the design challenge.

The children also enjoyed experimenting with our new 360 degree RICOH THETA camera. The team photos can be viewed below.

Well done to all of those involved!







Stdavidsprimary #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@neetongrangeps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Testing out our new camera at our Midlothian VEX challenge competition day 😆 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@sacredheart_ps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stratheskps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@mayfieldps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stmarysrcps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@loanheadps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@standrewstweets #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stobhillps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@bonnyriggps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Midlothian Pupils Win UK Robotics Award

VEXIQ Birmingham 2017 from Alan Thomson on Vimeo.

Two Midlothian primary schools – Loanhead and St David’s – travelled to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this week to take part in the VEX Robotics UK Challenge.

The VEX Challenge requires teams to program robots to carry out a series of complex tasks while competing against 40 other teams from all over the UK.  Both Midlothian schools performed superbly, with our primary 7 pupils responding to the different challenges with skill and imagination.

Children worked together solve problems, write code and then put their robot into the test field to compete with other teams, many of which had older students from secondary schools in England.

The team from St David’s demonstrated a high level of skill in making their robot complete tasks such as lifting and moving large objects and balancing on a narrow bridge, achieving one of the highest scores of any primary school in the UK.

The P7s from Loanhead impressed the judges so much with their programming ability that they won the ‘Think’ Award for Programming – beating other competitors such as a team from Eton School.  This was quite an achievement and sparked huge celebrations amongst all Midlothian pupils and staff!

This session, 26 Midlothian primary schools have been taking part in the Council’s Inspiring Learning Spaces project and they have all had the opportunity to explore new technologies such as robots, drones and virtual reality software. The programming skills demonstrated by our children are hugely important in the world of work and the ability to code and program robots will open up exciting careers pathways for our young people in science, engineering and technology.

To travel to Birmingham the 16 youngsters (and accompanying staff) enjoyed a 9-hour bus trip and an overnight stay in an Adventure Centre.  We look forward to welcoming them back to Midlothian and celebrating their achievements.

Well done to Loanhead and St Davids!



Vex Robotics

Since we’ve come back to school after the Christmas holidays, we have started our learning about robotics.

The first thing we did was learn about the role of engineers in society. We learned that they solve problems in the world using mechanics, electricity, chemicals and other things. After that, we became engineers by identifying problems in our classroom such as ‘untucked chairs’, ‘pencils on the floor’ and ‘untidy bag boxes’.

Once we had identified the problems, we created our own diagrams of robots that would help us to solve these problems. Here are some examples of our diagrams:




Once we had created our diagrams, we began to look at our Vex Robotics Kits and then we started to organise the pieces that we needed to build our robot. We’re making good progress with this and can’t wait until our next lesson!

Shaun & Dawid




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