INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUBSEA TALENT
Organised by Global Underwater Hub, STEM Challenge aims to engage pupils with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects through an exciting, hands-on project and inspire them to consider a career in the underwater industry.
Supported by The Smallpeice Trust, the initiative sees teams of school pupils aged 13 and 14 compete against peers from local schools in six regional heats to earn a place in the national final.
Pupils are tasked with designing and building an ROV using Lego Mindstorms – a hardware-software platform that enables the development of programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. The robots are constructed using computer Lego bricks, which feature modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts from the Technic line.
Throughout the day, pupils are also set fun challenges by the team at Aberdeen Science Centre. These include testing their problem solving, teamworking and STEM skills as they build and then try out rubber band catapults and construct one-metre-high towers with K’NEX, capable of holding a ream of paper.