Cannock Chase


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

Robot Are there any mechanical or electrical constructors in the U3A movement, maybe within Science groups, who like to build small items as projects? We are proposing a new initiative where particular project builds can be capable of moving and being controlled, and are pitted against each other in a series of challenges.

The constructions can be in the form of a moving “robot” of whatever form, subject to some simple rules, but capable of being adapted for each of the challenges. You may have heard of “Raspberry Pi”, “Arduino” or “Picaxe”, which are all programmable devices, and will aid the use of sensors being used for the more advanced challenges. So, the challenge will clearly be of interest to coding creators too, but this experience is not essential.

The venue for the first Challenge will be at the White Eagle Club in Stafford (ST16 3TH) on 3rd October 2019. We hope this will generate a lot of interest within the U3A Science & Technology or practical constructional groups.

This is a call to register your interest in this event to give time for participating teams to be formed and the “robots” to be built to meet the challenges.

To register your interest, please contact:

Barry James at, stating the U3A to which you belong. Please include your email address and a preferred contact number, so that we can send you all the documentation.

We’d like to see this as an opportunity for budding robot builders and coders as well as some of the more experienced of you to come together for a day of challenges with your constructions.

For those already interested, click here for the latest Robot Challenge Update.

Remote Control Challenges

For further details about some of the specific challenge tasks we have planned, click on this link: Remote Control Challenges.


There are, of course, some basic rules for this challenge. These can be seen by clicking here: Rules.

(These Challenge & Rules documents will also be supplied to anyone replying to the Cannock Chase U3A Gmail address above).