A group of Year Six pupils at a primary school in Red Lodge are hoping to raise £10,000 to allow them to take up an offer of representing England at a gaming event in Brazil.
The students, who all attend St Christopher’s Church of England Primary School, are seeking the five-figure sum by the end of the month in order to enable them to participate in this year’s RoboCup Junior International Championships event in Joao Pessoa.
Should the youngsters raise the capital it would see them compete in the CoSpace section of the event after qualifying from the inaugural UK National CoSpace Championships earlier this year.
Developed by a Singapore Polytechnic, CoSpace is a virtual programming challenge in which teams must programme a robot to search a field for different objects.
“This really is a once in a lifetime trip for children of that age and it would be great if we could raise the money and see it through,” said Andrew Severy, ICT co-ordinator.
“The deadline for registration is at the end of May so I can’t really register until we have all the funding in place.
“Having looked at things including flights, entry fees and accommodation we are looking at needing around £10,000 so it is quite expensive.
“I am sure that the school PTA will contribute but we are really looking for some external funding and sponsorship from businesses in that field to help us find the money.”
On Friday the school celebrated their achievements at this year’s national championships at BT Headquarters in Martlesham Heath, with a special ceremony.
As well as taking second, third and fourth out of those competing at the event near Ipswich, the school also picked up the Best Presentation and Most Innovative Programming Strategy awards.
“Although it is difficult to tell how the pupils would do internationally they performed extremely well in the national event something of which the school is very proud of,” said Mr Severy.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the school should contact 01638 750342.