We run three VEX robotics events a year here kindly funded through the Cleveland Scientific Institute. Today we had the teams from eight schools working on a. series of Valentine themed challenges. The children were faced with decisions around which challenges to attempt in which order knowing it was unlikely they could do all but some challenges were more tricky but offered higher points scores! It was amazing what was achieved in the short time available. Even the teams building their robots from scratch managed to at least get them fully operational by the end of the day: no mean feat. You can see from the images below how engaged these children are and their resilience was tested to the limit. Every step of today required a focus on solving problems, identifying what was working, what was going wrong and how to move forward. These children did this magnificently and it was a real credit to the teachers that they provided encouragement, the odd word of advice but largely let the children work out issues for themselves. One or two did get quite competitive though: you know who you are! Our next event is in the Summer and we already have some new challenges planned for them.