A 10-year-old student from Giffard Park Primary School has had her very own design printed onto a delivery robot which will roam the streets of Milton Keynes after winning a competition.
The contest was run over the summer holidays for students across the city by Starship Technologies and Milton Keynes MPs Ben Everitt and Iain Stewart to show off the innovative skills of MK’s young people.
Poppy Waterson’s ‘Stray Cat 200’ design was picked as the winner by Starship judges and has earned herself some vouchers and £500 for Giffard Park Primary School – on top of the pride of seeing her design roaming the streets of the city.
Her robot would help ‘stray and lost cats get better and find homes’ and included medical equipment, a cat toy, litter tray, food, water and even a translator.
Starship Technologies and the city’s two MPs visited Giffard Park Primary School on Friday (14th October) to announce Poppy as the winner and reveal what her design looks like on a robot.
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “It was absolutely amazing seeing so many fantastic entries from the wonderful bright young people we have here in Milton Keynes.
“We love seeing the robots all across MK and I’m looking forward to the first time I see Poppy’s design roaming the streets. Well done Poppy!
“I also want to thank Starship for running this competition with us to engage young people across the city in innovation!”
Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, added: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner and the runners-up of the Back to School Bot Competition that I ran with Ben Everitt MP and Starship Technologies.
“We had many designs sent in with brilliant ideas on how to improve the Starship delivery robots. From street cleaning designs to football designs, it was a difficult job to narrow it down to the final three.
“Be sure to keep an eye out to spot the top three designs on the robots around Milton Keynes.”
Starship Operations Manager, Andy Curtis, commented: "Innovation in tech is essential to what we do at Starship, and this has been a great opportunity to encourage children to imagine how they could help the world with a robot invention.
“Starship is delighted to donate £500 to Poppy's school - she ought to be proud to have dreamt up such a clever and caring robot!"