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.
The 2018/19 regional challenges were held in Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow. The national final took place at Subsea 7 in Aberdeen on the 6th March 2019.
The winners from each regional heat; Cantell School (Southampton), Plymouth High School for Girls, All Saints Catholic High School (Sheffield), Royal Grammar School (Newcastle) and Williamwood High School (Glasgow), traveled to Aberdeen take part.
In the final, the teams were faced with an environmental incident where plastic barrels had fallen into the sea and they were tasked with designing an ROV and using sensors, grabbers and beacons to gather the barrels as quickly as possible.
The teams then had to test their design and present their findings to a panel of judges, which included representatives from sponsors Fugro, Saab Seaeye, SMD and Subsea 7. Points were awarded on a number of criteria including teamwork, understanding of the subsea industry, number of barrels collected, time taken to collect barrels and the quality of the design.
Congratulations to All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield who were crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM Challenge.
You can find out more information about the Subsea UK STEM Challenge on the Subsea UK website.