On the day of the competition we were picked up by a coach at Enfield civic centre and driven to the Middlesex University campus in Hendon. We were then split into pairs with someone from another school and took part in CSI style activities. We started the day off by analysing the scene of an apparent 'fatality'. We had to take sketches and note the locations of evidence that had been previously been collected.
We then went back to the lab. Here we analysed blood samples from the crime-scene and other local investigations. From this we were able to rule out possibilities due to the blood groups not matching. After this we were given lunch and had a short break. When we got back we had to process the evidence collected and work out what it was.After processing the evidence we then used hydrolysis to analyse DNA, similar to chromatography. From here we were then able to create a hypothesis of how the man died based on the evidence we had collected.
It was a really great day, and I especially enjoyed taking part in experiments that we wouldn't usually get to do. I am also pleased to say that me, and my partner, managed to come first overall in the competition, due to our accurate and concise presentation of the evidence to come to an accurate conclusion.
Tom Brown 12PKE
When we got there we were split into pairs, with a student from a different school and were briefed on the schedule of the day and the task at hand. Initially we had to effectively construct our robots to the function of being able to collect the tokens, and learning the basics of the programming to do so. After multiple attempts we were able to program our robot along a path we designed to collect the desired tokens. Given four hours to do so, we then competed against the other teams to see who could get the most points.
After much triumph in the first round, my team was first and looking a worthy competitor. Well , up until the final round where we crashed into the opposition. However the scoring system meant that we kept our best attempt and placed third, behind Costa in second. I am sure I speak for us both when I say that we enjoyed the event profusely and were privileged to be chosen to represent the School .
Michael Amarin 9 Wyatt
Congratulations to all four Students;
Michael Amarin 9W
Costa Liassides 9K
Tom Brown 12PKE
Jonathan Goitom 12SIL