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120 school children to descend on QMUL for Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge

One of 25 regional heats of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, which see students involved in 'aviation missions', takes place at QMUL on the 21st February 2018.

School students at the Tomorrows Engineers competition

Next week we will play host to 12 teams (120 students) competing for a place at the UK finals to be held at The Big Bang Fair in March.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces school student teams (aged 11-14) to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges. The challenge aims to help students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.

Each of the 12 teams* taking part received free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resources.

The school’s team has learnt how to build, program and control these autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation themed missions. Students also have to research, design and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem faced by STEM professionals in the aviation industry.

They will be demonstrating the skills they’ve learned at these challenge events held around the country.

Above shows video of students competing at last year's event. This is the third year we've hosted the competition.

Research from EngineeringUK, who run the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, shows that communicating engineering careers to young people is vital for the future of the British economy.

EngineeringUK’s Chief Executive, Mark Titterington, said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to inspire more young people to consider a career in the industry entering the engineering industry.

“Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aims to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering.”

*Teams taking part this year are from the following schools:

Harris Academy Bermondsey
Jubilee High School
St Ursula's Convent School
The UCL Academy
The Urswick School
Bishop Thomas Grant RC School
Dormers Wells High School
Guildford High School for Girls
Harris Academy Bromley
Lady Margaret School
Northumberland Park/Duke's Aldridge Academy
Teddington School

Further information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is a curriculum-linked programme where teams of students (aged 11-14) learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots over ten weeks to complete a series of aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. Teams demonstrate the skills they’ve learned at challenge events held around the UK. Winners of the regional heats progress to the UK finals, hosted at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in March.

By presenting real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges, the programme aims to open up potential new careers to students and help put their school learning into context. Students gain feedback on their work from professional engineers and scientists.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is led by EngineeringUK and The Helsington Foundation in partnership with the RAF and Rolls-Royce. It is supported by Airbus and the Reece Foundation.

Tomorrow's Engineers is a programme of co-ordinated schools outreach and careers inspiration. Tomorrow’s Engineers brings a strategic approach to schools engagement, building links with industry and schools and has directly reached over 300,000 young people in the past year. National coordination helps employer outreach extend to where the need and potential impact are greatest. Tomorrow's Engineers quality careers resources provide clear, consistent information for young people, their teachers and parents.

EngineeringUK is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills. EngineeringUK leads engagement programmes: Tomorrow’s Engineers and Big Bang.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair (14-17 March 2018) is the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals.



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