Engineering success at activity workshops

Wellfield STEM project

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A group of enterprising students have been engineering their own success...in a Robot Wars-style challenge.

Wellfield High School, in Leyland, hosted a special workshop aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and maths ( STEM).

The Year Nine pupils at the Yewlands Drive school staged their own robot-inspired battle of the sexes – and it was the girls who ultimately triumphed.

The robot challenge was part of a fun-filled day of activities run by Tomorrow’s Engineers to try to get pupils interested in engineering.

Pupils also got to try out code-breaking and were tasked with designing prototypes for new products during a series of engineering-related workshops.

Maths teacher and STEM co-ordinator Helen McDade said: “The purpose of the day was to open the pupils’ eyes to the exciting career opportunities that exist in today’s technological world.

“The workshops were a huge success and the pupils loved taking part in the various challenges.

“From code-breaking to competitive robot challenges, the level of engagement was fantastic. We’d love to do more with ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’ and the Year Nine boys especially want to avenge their defeat to the girls in the robot challenge.”

Mrs McDade added: “There’s a world of opportunities out there and we have a duty as a school to open our students’ minds to the possibilities that exist.

“Hopefully by staging workshops like this we can help to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.”

Tomorrow’s Engineers is an agency funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering UK, which aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The visit from Tomorrow’s Engineers is the first in a series of events at Wellfield.

Representatives from BAE Systems and the UK Space Agency will also be visiting the school in the next few months.