GirlsGetSET is a competition run by GE Aviation, who carries out multiple competitions to involve young people in engineering and science; GirlsGetSET is an engineering competition purely focused at girls. This is done to increase the number of girls in the engineering and science industries throughout England. GirlsGetSET recognises that only 20% of those taking A-Level physics are girls and only 10% are professional engineers in the UK- this is the lowest in Europe.

The Competition

During this competition each team creates a robot athlete, using a Lego Mindstorm kit, which is able to compete in a number of events in the GE Olympics (relay, sprint, hurdles, football and hammer throw). The team will be competing against other schools in the area to develop the best robotic athlete - and to win gold for The Crypt School. The team will need to focus on the engineering lifecycle, which involves: designing, building, testing and evaluation. Adjoining to this, teams need to work well in timed conditions, in groups, and under pressure.

The Events:

  • Sprint: an event which is designed to challenge your robot to follow a line for one full lap of an oval shaped circuit using sensors, logic and knowledge of both your robot and the regulations involved.
  • Hurdles: hurdles are used to test the team’s imagination and must be sufficiently robust to ensure it can handle the impact of hitting a hurdle and getting over it.
  • Football: this event is intended to test the manoeuvring and agility of your robot. The objective of this event is to dribble a ball around three ‘players’ to the shooting area and then to shoot the ball in the goal.
  • Hammer throw: an event which is used to test the ability of your robot to accurately determine directions and the projectile motion through the air. The objective is for your robot to launch a ‘hammer’ into the ‘sector’ after spinning around in a circle to increase centripetal force and to gain momentum.
  • Relay: this event will focus on advanced programming skills as you will need to use multiple sensors at a time while logically thinking of the natural turning of the robot considering the power supplied.

The Team 2016: Nebula

Team Manager/ Lead Programmer: Madison Hodges

Madison organises the team’s progress, working with each individual team member. Madison is responsible for maintaining high standards and regular evaluation of each event, along with the team tester Elizabeth. She will also be programming the majority of the events for this competition for a more in depth experience in programming to aid her future career.

Testing: Elizabeth Osborne

Elizabeth has the most important job in the group as she works with each of us ensuring that communication is kept constant and that the robot is kept up to the highest standards throughout the programming and design period. Every week Elizabeth carries out tests on the robot to check if it is structurally sound and meeting regulations. 

Graphic Design - Report: Pandora Lapington

Pandora is taking more of a creative role in the team as she will be responsible for the poster which highlights key features and USPs. Additionally to this, Pandora will take photos and take documentations of the progress we have made while stating improvements we could make in a primary evaluation with Madison.   

Graphic Design - Poster: Jessica Tandy

Jessica is responsible for the poster and graphical details for the report. As these two aspects alone can score us 24 points together, the team decided to allocate two members to share this responsibility (Pandora and Jessica) as it is worth a major proportion of a score. 

Quality Assurance: Olivia Franghiadi

Olivia takes account of all the rules and aspects of the regulations supplied by the competition. This will involve checking the number of parts used and the structure of the tracks. She works closely with Elizabeth and Madison to ensure that the testing and evaluation is precise and accurate to improve our robot further.

Design Leader: Fleur Roberts

Fleur has taken a major role with the designing of the robot, managing time and working efficiently with others - supporting both her future career choices and the development of her interpersonal skills. During the competition, Fleur is leading the designing team by allocating roles to team members while working with Elizabeth to test each design for structural integrity. 


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For more information about GirlsGetSET, visit the GE Aviation ‘Community’website.