OPITO is supporting Subsea UK and The Smallpeice Trust to inspire the next generation of subsea talent through the delivery of the Subsea UK STEM Challenge.
The STEM Challenge aims to encourage school pupils studying STEM subjects to consider a career in the subsea sector and will see teams of second year students (13 – 14 year olds) take part in regional heats across the country to compete for a place in the final.
Over the coming months, the regional challenges will be held in Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow with the national final taking place in Aberdeen on the 6th March 2019.
In 2018, teams competed to design and build an ROV using Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms is a hardware-software platform produced by Lego for the development of programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. Each version of the system includes an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts from the Technic line to create the mechanical systems. The teams were graded on the amount of electricity produced by their turbine and how well it kept afloat. Pupils from Royal Grammar School in Newcastle took the top spot.
You can find out more information about the Subsea UK STEM Challenge on the Subsea UK website.