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 2019/20 regional challenges will be held in Manchester, Port of Blyth, Norwich, Glasgow, Inverness and Bristol. The national final will take place on March 6th 2020 in Aberdeen to coincide with British Science Week (venue TBC). Pupils will be challenged to build an ROV from LegoMindstorms to negotiate a route to a marine habitat where plastic waste has accumulated and they have to “survey” the area. Teams that make the final will design a method to remove the plastic waste without impacting the marine life.
You can find out more information about the Subsea UK STEM Challenge on the Subsea UK website.