Girls get going in Engineering contest
A team from The Radclyffe School tested their technology skills at the National Final of the Elite Engineering Programme.
The all-girl team travelled to the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester to take part, against 25 schools from around the country. The students have learnt how to programme robots to perform a series of complex tasks, and on the day they set about tackling the problem they were given of how to survive in space.
They also gave a presentation on their teamwork activity, showing how they have prepared for the competition.
The opportunity to take part in the competition came about as The Radclyffe School is encouraging more girls to look at qualifications and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. A club meeting in school offers a ‘girls-only’ introduction to programming, using LEGO robots.
Design Technology Teacher Mike Pidlyskyj said, “The new club is proving popular and the girls are becoming skilled and imaginative in using the robots.”
“Taking part in this competition has been an excellent experience for the team and they represented the school very well.”
Professor Tony Purnell lauded the success of the pilot year of the Schools Programme, “We have seen a remarkable interest in this pilot year and to see what all these students have achieved today has been astonishing. I envisaged the EEP being a platform to give young people something that enables them to say ‘I created that and it works!’ We have seen from today’s performance the outstanding talent we have in our schools and it’s really encouraged us to further develop this national programme and make it a breeding ground for young engineers.”