4ft tall robot helps college to boost interest in STEM courses
PUBLISHED: 10:08 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:25 05 April 2016
The robot has been built using Meccano by the college’s robotics students
Pupils at a Dartford college are helping to drum up interest in its courses - with the aid of a 4ft tall robot!
The Meccanoid G15 KS, a buildable, programmable robot, is on show at The Leigh University Technical College (UTC), which is running an exhibition for prospective students at Bluewater until Thursday, April 7.
Robotics is one of the heavily studied subjects at the college, and current students have been excited to take the opportunity to show off their programming and engineering skills by building the robot using Meccano.
Part of the Leigh Academies Trust, the UTC is inviting applicants studying for GCSEs as well as 16 to 19-year-olds studying A-levels who have a specialist interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).
Visitors to the Bluewater exhibition will be able to meet current students and staff, who will discuss the courses they are following and teaching.
Steve Leahey, principal at The Leigh UTC, said: “This event is a fantastic chance for prospective students to gain a first insight into the courses we run at the UTC and we hope will inspire them to further their interest in studying with us in the future.
“Being able to demonstrate our studies with the help of Meccanoid will certainly help show youngsters how much fun studying STEM subjects can be and may inspire those who perhaps have not considered a future career in these subjects before.”
Increasing the number of pupils studying STEM courses has been one of the Conservatives’ key policies since they came to power in 2010, as these subjects are seen as vital to the UK’s continued economic prosperity.
Last year saw a rise in the number of GCSE entries in science, maths, computer science and engineering, suggesting the government’s initiatives are beginning to have an effect.
Mr Leahey added: “There’s nothing better than hearing about what student life is like at the UTC than from our current students so we hope having Meccanoid along to help us will encourage as many kids and their parents to come along and see us at Bluewater.”