Robotics challenge to feature in the 2020 Big Bang Fair for potential young engineers of the future.
The annual Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair taking place at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2020 will this year see the culmination of the “Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge”, in which pupils from more than 550 schools in the country will compete to be the best at building, programming and controlling Lego robots for a series of environmentally themed missions.
As part of the Challenge, the teams will build a Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 robot and program it to complete a speed and control test and perform a set of environmentally themed tasks such as planting a tree. Students will also work as a team to present an idea of how engineers can help future-proof the world.
Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO of Big Bang Fair organiser, EngineeringUK, said: “We’ve seen young people around the world coming together to demand action over climate change. The next generation can be part of the solution by choosing engineering careers that will be central to generating affordable and sustainable energy, and to solving other global challenges that they care about, like access to clean water and sanitation. We need creative thinkers with a range of skills and perspectives working together to secure our future.”
The Challenge also aims to help students discover exciting new careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.