LEGO technology prize encourages STEM involvement

Girls get elite engineering boost

Girls at The Radclyffe School will take advantage of new resources to encourage them in studying the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

The school is one of just 25 nationally, and two in Greater Manchester, to be chosen to take part in the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP). The school will receive £3000-worth of innovative teaching resources from LEGO Education. The Radclyffe School was chosen from over 150 entrants.

The school will use the resources particularly to focus the interest of girls in the STEM subjects that are often seen as male dominated. A ‘Girls Only’ robotics club is being set up to encourage girls to choose the STEM subjects, and become more confident and inspired to pursue careers in this male dominated work environment.

The resources include five sets of robots, used to help the students learn programming to make the robots perform tasks.

Teacher of Design & Technology Mike Pidlyskyj said, “We are very fortunate to have a group of girls who are passionate about engineering and technology. Setting up a club where they can learn more and allow their creativity to thrive will not only help them but also inspire other girls to persevere with science and technology subjects and explore career opportunities in these fields.

The EEP aims to inspire students to take up sciences, technology, engineering and maths, and to persevere with them to degree level and beyond.

Gareth Boldsworth, Director, LEGO Education Europe explained; “We’re keen to make LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 available to young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to discover that they have a real flair for engineering. We had some fantastic entries so the decision process was really tough. The Radclyffe School’s application stood out to the judges and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

28 January 2014

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