Two students from Pinner are part of a team of girl engineers who will be representing the UK next month in a robotic competition that attracts entries from across the globe.
Solace Hussein and Aman Paul are joined by their school friends Celine Chan Ah Song, Aashi Srivastava and Deepali Dholakia, who form HBS The Purge – a team from the Henrietta Barnett School in North London where they are in Year 13.
The team, who describe themselves as confident, resilient and hard-working, will be competing at the VEX Robotics Competition in Kentucky having won regional and national awards to get there.
They were named as winners of the 2018 VEX Excellence Award, given to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high quality robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork.
This season, the team has won regional competitions and also received awards for their programming and design skills.
The competition will involve the girls designing, engineering, building and controlling a robot to take part in a contest which will see them work with other countries rather than the all-out destruction of a Robot Wars styled event.
Solace said the team feel they have hugely progressed and become stronger as a team. They currently hold the top UK high score.
She added: “We are all really excited because we’ve worked really hard to get to this event. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about robotics, meet people from different countries and to represent the UK and girls who are involved in a male dominated activity.”
Aman said: “We believe we have what it takes to make the UK, and especially all the girls that are passionate about robotics and STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths), proud at the World Championships. We want to show other girls who might be put off giving this sort of thing a try that they should just go for it and not let anything stop you.”
The team is still collecting donations to fund their trip. You can support them by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/hbsthepurge