Howes that! Coventry’s roboteers fly the flag for UK primary schools

Posted 15/04/2019 by E.ON

Good luck to the Howes Robotic Team

Six pupils at Howes Primary School in Coventry are making the final tweaks to their triumphant robot before they fly off to Kentucky, USA, to take part in the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships. The Howes Robotic team will compete against more than 400 other schools from across the world in this final stage of their robotic adventure. E.ON has provided some support towards the team’s participation in Kentucky.

Step by step

After early success in local heats, the team of three boys and three girls made it through to the national championships in Shropshire last month. This brought together the top 60 teams – from primary and secondary schools – from across the UK. The Howes pupils, all aged between 9 and 11 years, performed brilliantly, beating much older children to win through to the UK grand finals where they finished with a high enough score to qualify for a place at the World Championships.

Winning skills

For each stage of the competition the pupils had to design and programme a robot capable of completing set challenges, including driving and stacking items. Their ability to programme and control their robot around the fields of play was put to the test, and at every stage the Howes Robotic Team triumphed. In Kentucky they’ll be carrying the hopes of all UK primary schools with them as they represent their country. 

Go Howes!


The competition is likely to be very tough in Kentucky but having earned their place in the championships, the Howes Robotic Team will be pushing for one final victory. They take with them the robot that has seen them through the early rounds of the competition, and good luck wishes from all at E.ON’s Head Office in Coventry. 

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