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Liverpool City Region Make It Work Robotics Challenge: All Saints Catholic High School WIN!
‘I wish every school day was like this!’
On the 13th of December, schools from Knowsley gathered at Knowsley Community College to take part in the LCR Make It Work Robotics Challenge, supported by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram and facilitated by All About STEM.
Students had the opportunity to build a VEX robot and battle it out in an exciting arena-style competition, supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Sessions showcased careers linked to manufacturing and engineering, highlighted pathways into them and developed skills.
The competition was so exciting that pupils jumped for joy as each point was scored. All schools demonstrated effective teamwork, showcased brilliant build skills & battled hard but it was All Saints Catholic High School who reigned supreme!
With many marvellous manoeuvres & bags of bonuses under their belt, Halewood Academy were worthy runners-up.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “It is brilliant to see so many young people enjoying the Make It Work Robotics Challenge. Sparking young people’s interest and enthusiasm is a vital part of getting more of them into studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects and subsequently into exciting and rewarding careers. That is exactly what this competition does and why we are proud to support it.”
Simon Smith, Facilities Manager GFT at Magna Powertrain, said: “It is so important for us as a company to support local initiatives that will make an impact on our future workforce. The Make it Work Challenge is a great opportunity for us to showcase the work that we do and the careers that we can offer to local young people. Our apprentices who supported the day were able to really engage in the build project with the schoolchildren. Not only did they get to share their learning and experiences with local schools, they had the chance to inspire the next generation.”
Michelle Dow, Managing Director of All About STEM said: “It is essential for our region’s future prosperity that young people have the skills they need and are enthused and excited to pursue them. We offer ‘in-person’ inspiration from real experts while learning real-life skills. Our events provide an interactive, exciting experience that can ignite our young people’s passion and spark their interest in STEM careers… and it’s so much fun! Our students are excited, focused and engaged, we’re so proud of them. They are all winners to us. Thank you to the Metro Mayor, the Combined Authority & GETRAG Ford (Magna) for their amazing support.”
All Saints Catholic High School will return in 2019 to compete in the LCR Make It Work Robotics Challenge Grand Final at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
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