Robot wars to wow visitors

A feast of robot wars, intestinal insights, and other scientific delights promise to wow visitors to the country’s biggest innovation and technology event for young people next month.

As more than 1,000 students put the finishing touches to their projects entered in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, organisers are planning spectacular sideshows for visitors.

More than 550 projects are set to compete for the top prizes, to be awarded on Friday, Jan 11.

But as well as the chance to see the innovations, theorising and projects of the next generation of scientists, their families, fellow students, and onlookers can expect some additional entertainment.

Special shows being run from the Thursday to Saturday at the RDS include The World of Robots, bringing together a range of 100kg combat robots. Visitors can watch R2D2 from Star Wars, a Dalek from Dr Who, Thor, and former world champion robot Storm II. The 2.4m Titan the Robot will also make a third appearance at the event.

For those more interested in biology than sci-fi, a journey with a difference is on offer. ‘It Takes Guts’ traces how our food travels from our mouths, through the acid bath in our stomachs, along metres of guts, and out the other end. The organisers promise that the presentation, by London’s Science Museum, will be a squirm-inducing demonstration.

A range of less gorey demonstrations will be shown by W5’s Astonishing Experiments, with flashes, bangs, and even some elephant’s toothpaste.

Of course, many of the competing students — across a range of age groups and categories — will also be showing visitors and the judges some very wacky inventions, ideas and creations of their own over the three days.

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