Sheffield boy set for China after winning World Educational Robot competition with teammates

A creative Sheffield schoolboy will travel to China after winning a robotics competition with his teammates.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 12:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 5:14 pm
Haris Quddoos from Nether Edge who won a trip to Shanghail after winning the World Educational Robot UK challenge

Budding engineer Haris Quddoos of Nether Edge, won the opportunity to travel to Shanghai after reigning supreme in the six to 12 age group category of the World Educational Robot UK contest with friends Robert Zicman and John Parker.

The nine-year-old has always had a passion for engineering, but after joining a robotics workshop held at Discovery STEM Education in Kelham Island, he began learning even more.

Sophina Hussain, Haris’ mum said: “He thrives on problem solving and the satisfaction he gains when his robot does exactly what he programs it to do, pushes him to complete tougher tasks and challenges.”

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Haris Quddoos from Nether Edge who won a trip to Shanghail after winning the World Educational Robot UK challenge

Haris, who is looking forward to playing football for Sheffield United Junior Blades U10's, said he was hoping to continue his passion to become an engineer when he is older.

Sophina added: “I am so happy he is pursuing his passion, second only to football, and now will be able to attend every young robotics engineer’s dream – the WER Championship.

“I’m very proud of him and amazed at how quickly he has picked it up as he has only been to the workshops since January. He’s flourished. It is all about trial and error but it helps builds resilience and has really increased his confidence.”

The trio, who call themselves Team Robonauts, are the first within primary education to be selected to represent the UK in the international championships, in which they will collaborate on robotics, engineering and manufacturing with around 10,000 children from 69 countries.

Following the success at the UK championships, the boys are now busy preparing themselves for this year’s theme – artificial intelligence.

With the help of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield, they are also learning Mandarin and being taught about Chinese culture to prepare them for their trip to China.

So far, companies such as Rolls Royce have sponsored Team Robonauts to help fund their travel to China, however more money is needed to make their dreams of participation a reality.

The team have also started a fundraising page and are looking for sponsors to support them with funding the flights and accommodation. for the trip in December

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