19 August 2016

BT volunteers help ‘automaton students’ to global glory

Pupils from Beccles Free School.

BT volunteers help ‘automaton students’ to global glory A team of students from a school in Suffolk have become ‘automatonics’ world champions – with a little assistance from BT.

Pupils from Beccles Free School, won the CoSpace artificial intelligence 2016 World Championships in Germany.

They were among young programmers from around the world who vied in a number computer-based automatonic challenges that tested their ability to solve problems, analyse the effectiveness of different strategies and write code.

The students’ journey to the world title began when they won the UK championships, an event organized by BT volunteers and hosted at BT’s research laboratories in Adastral Park, Suffolk.

Skills development

BT volunteers have helped more than 1,000 children from crosswise the region to develop their skills in procedure thinking and cryptography.

Beccles Free School then went on to win the world championships with their automaton, Tempest.

They beat schools from around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, China and Croatia.

Johann Don-Daniel, Beccles Free School’s design and technology teacher, said: “I want to give thanks BT for their support, some unemotionally and financially.”

Jonathan Legh-Smith head of partnerships and strategic research in Technology, Service & trading operations says: “It’s fantastic to see a Suffolk school becoming the UK’s first world champions after only three years.”

Up there with the best

“The CoSpace competition works well with primary and secondary schools and fits perfectly with the computing course of study. It allows students to stretch themselves and offers the chance to vie with the best schools from around the world.”

“Buoyed by this success, we’re looking to double the number of schools competitive in the next UK CoSpace competition.”

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