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Students win world cup in Germany
Dancing phoenixes
The girls from Amberfield School with their dancing robots
A team of girls has just returned to England from Germany with a world cup.

The teenagers from Amberfield School, Nacton, Suffolk, won the final of the Robocup World Championships 2006, in Bremen Germany, earlier this week.

To win first prize the girls programmed 11 robots, produced a power-point display, a poster presentation and a detailed technical document.

The robots performed a choreographed dance and the girls won a second trophy for the costumes the machines wore.

The six girls, all aged 14, became the UK national champions in March with their "flying phoenix" robots - the second consecutive year they had reached the finals.

'Girls determined'

They won first prize in the junior category for dancing robots and shared honours with teams from Germany and Canada who were also awarded first prizes.

Helen Kay, Headmistress of Amberfield School, said: "The girls really believed they could achieve this ultimate goal and were determined to succeed in the face of tough competition from all over the world."

The aim of Robocup is to promote scientific and technical progress in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.

More than 4,000 researchers from universities in 40 countries are involved in Robocup.


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