Cannock Chase


Introducing a New Initiative
...The U3A Robot Constructors' Challenge

In 2019 CCU3A introduced a new initiative, the U3A Robots Constructors' Challenge, described in the Initial Announcement on this web page and open to all U3A members nationally. The idea was to generate interest within the wider U3A Science & Technology community, not only for specialist robot builders & coders but also for others with a more general technological "bent", and to serve as a platform for other cross-U3A initiatives in future.

A set of Rules was established, a series of Remote Control Challenges was designed, and in due course a Robot Challenge Update was issued in the run-up to the event itself.

One of the challenge courses The inaugural event was held in Stafford on 3rd October 2019, and was a great success. There were 72 Attendees from 11 U3As as far apart as Lancaster, Devon & London. As members set up their laptops for any emergency re-programming, the room in Stafford's White Eagle club resembled NASA's Mission Control Center. One of the challenge trials Challenges included an Egg & Spoon Race, a Crazy Golf Course, a Skittle Alley and a Maze to be navigated.

At the end the Results were analysed, the winners of the various events were announced, and valuable prizes were awarded by the U3A West Midlands Regional Trustee, Auriol Ainley, who pronounced the event a great success for the U3A; and various attendees provided Testimonials to underline Auriol's view. One of the competitors and his robot

Photos of this event are available on the Robot Challenge Photo Gallery and
the Robot Challenge Report, which illustrates and summarises the event. All the award-winners

The Challenge has also been featured on the National U3A Home Page, the U3A National Newsletter for October, and CCU3A's own Facebook presence.