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Schools get insight into world of engineering with robot challenge

Shoreham Academy taking part in the robotic vehicle event at Ricardo in Shoreham

Shoreham Academy taking part in the robotic vehicle event at Ricardo in Shoreham

THE third schools robot challenge, held at Ricardo, an engineering consultancy in Shoreham, saw more than 240 students from seven local schools take part.

The event is co-organised by Ricardo and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and aims to provide insight into the world of engineering.

Students, including a group from Shoreham Academy, received a tour of Ricardo’s Old Shoreham Road site and then competed in the Antweight Robot Challenge.

The youngsters had to design and build robots that would race against each other, compete in a football match and have a Sumo wrestle.

The robot challenge was supported by STEM Sussex, the oureach department of the faculty of science and engineering at the University of Brighton.

Jonathan Brown, from Ricardo, said: “This is a subject rarely covered within the normal curriculum and, therefore, an invaluable chance to show students the breadth and range of possibilities within the field.

“We hope that by running these events we may inspire a future generation of engineers.”

The other schools taking part in the robot challenge came from East Grinstead, Brighton, Wadhurst, Midhurst, Bexhill and Haywards Heath.

 

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