Country Estate boosts funding for local academy who represented Scotland on a world stage

29th June, 2018

A skilled robotics team from Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill are on a winning streak and most recently won the World Teamwork Award, ahead of 30,000 teams from 90 countries, at The World Robotics Final in Detroit, USA.

The group of six girls and two boys initially beat stiff competition of 600 teams from across the country at contests in Glasgow and then Bristol to become UK & Ireland Champions at the First Lego League. This helped the team to win a place at The World Robotics Festival in Detroit.

They needed to raise £15,000 to cover costs of travel, accommodation and registration to take part and Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate recently helped to boost their funds.

The Dumfriesshire Estate presented Wallace Hall Academy with £5,000.

Anna Fergusson, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate Manager, said: “Reaching the world finals was a superb achievement, especially for such a small local school, and then winning the World Teamwork Award is a real testament to the hard work of these young people.

“We were delighted to show our support and help boost their funds to make it to the Detroit competition. We followed their progress on line and were thrilled when they won this accolade.”

The World Robotics Festival is an enormous event in the USA, attended by 60,000 people including world renowned companies such as NASA, Google and Apple.

Neil Corrigan, Principal Teacher of Design and Technology at Wallace Hall Academy, said: “As well as producing a spectacular robot, our competition involved developing an invention along the theme of how humans interact with water. Our proposal was completely unique and was also nominated for a Global Innovation Award by the Institute for Engineering & Technology.

“I’m immensely proud of what our team has achieved. We relished the chance to represent Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and the whole UK against the world in America. Winning the World Teamwork Award was incredible. We could not have achieved this without the help of Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate and we’re so grateful to them and all our sponsors for their support. We consider them the team behind the teamwork award!”