To inspire students to consider a career in engineering, Renishaw hosted a regional heat of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge at its Gloucestershire, UK, headquarters. The challenge, run by EngineeringUK, immerses young people in real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at engineering facilities around the country.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is a curriculum-linked, year-long programme for students aged 11–14. Every school in the UK is invited to join and participating schools are sent a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 set along with the necessary training and resource materials. Student teams use the kit to build, program and control robots to complete a series of short missions at regional heats, with the aim to reach the final at The National Big Bang Fair.
During the regional heat at Renishaw, students built their robot to complete a test of speed and agility as well as completing humanitarian aid challenges. They then completed a teamwork challenge organised by Renishaw, where they created an RGB torch production line to build 10 or more high-quality working torches. Each student performed a different role in the team, including team leader, assembler and quality manager. The two winners of the heat, Torquay Academy and The Castle School, Thornbury, will go on to compete in the national final on March 15th at the NEC, Birmingham.
Rebecca Bound, Education Outreach Officer at Renishaw explains: “Hosting the regional heat of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge gave us the opportunity to change perceptions about engineering. Our torch production line challenge helped the students to develop their practical and problem-solving skills in a hands-on activity. Participants were able to take their torches home to share a positive experience of engineering with their parents and peers.”
Helena French, Senior Education Communicator at Learn by Design, one of the companies helping to organise the competition, explains: “This challenge gives students across the UK the chance to develop their teamwork, programming and engineering skills. While the competition is significant, it is important that the students also get to visit exciting and engaging engineering facilities across the UK. Hosting regional heats in facilities like Renishaw gives students and teachers the chance to hear first-hand about the wide variety of careers in the industry and see how engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career.”
Renishaw offers an extensive education outreach programme to change perceptions about engineering and inspire the engineers of the future. The company also partners with charities, companies and not-for-profit organisations to offer children in South Wales, Bristol and Gloucestershire the opportunity to learn more about engineering.
Follow the link for more information about Renishaw’s education outreach programme.