Bearsden BBs are Grand Champions

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YOUNGSTERS from the 1st Bearsden Boys’ Brigade broke a series of records to be crowned Grand Champions at this year’s Scottish Robotic Games in Edinburgh.

Chris Mollins and brothers Graeme and Keith Shand were at the headquarters of engineering firm Selex Galileo with the robot they built called Bee-Bee One. It held off stiff competition from 43 other robots from as far afield as Thurso to clinch victory.

This is the first time a team from the brigade has entered the competition and they were up against more experienced teams from Air Cadet Squadrons, young engineers clubs and various schools and colleges.

All robot had to compete in three of four tournaments: tug-of-war or sumo wrestling, 2-a-side football and an assault course.

The 1st Bearsden boys got to the second round of the sumo wrestling and the quarter-finals of the football.

But it was in the main assault course competition that the team and their robot really excelled.

After getting down to the last eight, Bee-Bee One knocked out its rival competitors one by one before clinching the title of Assault Course Champion in a time of 36 seconds.

With the rest of the competitors in the other tournaments failing to surpass the score set by Bearsden team they were crowned Grand Champions. The team also picked up the award for Best Newcomer to complete a hat-trick of trophies.

This is the first year in the games six year history that the Grand Champions have not been an Air Cadet squadron.

Keith a Lance Corporal, who drove Bee-Bee One in the football tournament said: “It was really exciting taking part in the Scottish Robotic Games for the first time and to win it was just awesome”.

The boys took seven month to build their robot as part of the Rampaging Chariots scheme - which aims to encourage under 18s to become involved in engineering.