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Future space engineers from Outwood Academy Portland win award in national robotics challenge.

Outwood Academy Portland has won an award for “Best Robot Design” after being chosen from 196 schools across the country to take part in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge – an exciting national robotics challenge that saw students involved in “space missions”.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduced student teams 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.

The team was composed of Vanessa Lassemans (Team Leader), Ryan Lawrence (Lead Programmer), Andrew Marshall, Kieran Kalinski, Kurt Lassemans, Chloe Prideaux-Strucke and Gemma Piper.

The team received free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resources worth £2,000.

The school’s student team learnt how to build, program and control these autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting space missions, demonstrating the skills they’ve learned at challenge events held around the country. They researched, designed, planned and presented their own solution to a contemporary scientific problem - developed by LEGO Education with NASA.

The students developed valuable skills through the challenge as they devised strategies, worked in a team, developed research skills and built their self-confidence.

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.

Chief Executive of EngineeringUK Paul Jackson said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry.

“Programmes such as the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aim to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by a career in engineering.”
Head of DT, Mr Richards said: “We’re excited to have been selected for the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. Taking part was not only great fun, but also really benefitted our students, highlighting the link between their school subjects and the rewarding future careers that these subjects could lead to.

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