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The Edge IFB2016 Robotics Challenge: Participating Schools
On the 15th June 2016, MerseySTEM will be facilitating their latest robotics challenge funded by ChargePoint Technology as part of The Edge, official fringe festival for the International Festival for Business. The event will take place in the Innovation Hub at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Schools from all six local authority areas are taking part along with Alder Hey Hospital School:
West Derby/Alder Hey
Alder Hey Hospital School
St Edmund Arrowsmith
The Grange, Runcorn
MerseySTEM robotics challenges bring teams of students together from local schools to take part in a full-day event. Teams build their robots in the morning using the Protobot System from Vex Robotics and pit them against each other in the afternoon in a series of matches. All teams are supported by MerseySTEM, collaborating professionals and STEM Ambassadors throughout.
Robotics challenges enable students to understand a variety of design, science and engineering principles and develop leadership and problem solving skills. The events aim to inspire and excite students’ interest in robotics and to demonstrate the practical application of mathematics and engineering.
“The robot challenge provides young people with a great chance to have fun working together – whilst at the same time changing their perceptions on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These young people are our future workforce so it’s important that we enthuse them all about these critical subjects and what cooler way to do this than building robots!” – The Edge Festival Director, Kate Willard.
“The robot days give us the opportunity to change perceptions, challenge stereotypes, promote teamwork and provide careers advice to students using real role-models from our city. Robot Wars are nothing new, but whatever you say – robots are cool! The students are always so excited and it’s great to see them so passionate about engineering! We can’t wait to work with ChargePoint as part of The Edge IFB 2016… this is going to be BIG, good luck to all of our participating schools!”
Images by Gareth Jones Photography & MerseySTEM – ©MerseySTEM
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