HIGH-tech robots whizzed around a community hub at a futuristic contest.

Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford held the Robot Olympics yesterday, in which electronic 'contestants' competed in a series of sporting challenges.

The robots were created by children from Rose Hill, who have spent months learning the basics of computer programming, robotics and mechanical concepts using LEGO.


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They have learnt in classes led by community interest company IbnSina Mindcrafters, in partnership with the Rose Hill Lottery Project, a project of GreenSquare housing association.

Fran Gardner, GreenSquare’s community worker for Rose Hill, said: "I can’t believe how quickly the children have been able to programme and build these robots – it’s just been amazing and such a fantastic opportunity.

"The children quickly learnt to work as a team and their enthusiasm and commitment has been wonderful."


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IbnSina Mindcrafters, based in Oxford, works with organisations to provide robotic experiences for children aged eight-13.

The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and the chairwoman of Oxfordshire County Council presented the children with medals, prizes and certificates at the end of the competition.

GreenSquare runs the Lottery Project as part of a wider regeneration project in Rose Hill, which launched in 2011.