The John Warner School - STEM Major Awards 2019 - Highly Commended

EdufundUK are very pleased to award the John Warner School a highly commended award for their excellent VEX Robotics bid.

Warners have been very successful in regional, national and even world VEX Robotics competitions taking many trophies at all levels including the prestigious Sportsmanship Award (Science Division) in the 2019 World Championships in Kentucky, USA.

Technology has moved on since the school first started their very successful robotics club however and they desperately needed to upgrade their kits and motors to the latest V5 edition in order to compete with other teams already using the new equipment.

Stuart Higham, Head of Engineering, made a very strong case for the activity’s massive benefits in exciting pupils about engineering and computer programming.  Not only this, but the VEX competition requires different school teams to work together so the young engineers have to develop teamwork, presentation and social skills as well as all the technical expertise.  Amongst the seven teams at John Warner, there are students of all learning abilities, cultural backgrounds and 25%+ girls.

The benefits of the award extend even further, however.  The school is very active in encouraging and running training events for other schools to develop their robotics and practice for the VEX competitions.   Particularly pleasing is the inclusion of Presdales and St Albans girl’s schools in the training sessions.  The clubs run at lunchtimes, after school and during holiday “build camps”. 

We are delighted to help the club upgrade and extend their kit and wish them and their partner schools all the best of luck in 2019/20 VEX competitions.