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Students design their own robot

Amber Rudd with Melanie Washington (Director of Program and Development at STEMNET), Ajay Sharman (Regional Network Manager at STEMNET) and pupils from the Academy

Amber Rudd with Melanie Washington (Director of Program and Development at STEMNET), Ajay Sharman (Regional Network Manager at STEMNET) and pupils from the Academy

STUDENTS from The Hastings Academy immersed themselves in the world of robotics at a recent challenge.

The school, in Rye Road, held a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event for some of its gifted and talented students from years seven and eight.

The Antweight Robot Challenge, provided by STEM Sussex, allowed teams of students to use their knowledge of physics to design and build small robots. The aim was to inspire and motivate students to succeed in science, while developing their team working skills.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd visited students at the academy while they designed their robots during the event, which was held on January 31.

She said: “It was such a pleasure to join this STEM session and witness fabulous animation and interest from all the children working on their projects. Science is a fantastic subject and the STEM structure for bringing local experts to help with a project on the day is clearly working well.”

Melanie Washington, STEMNET’s director of programme development, said: “It’s so important that young people take part in practical activities which help to increase their understanding and enjoyment of STEM subjects. STEM Ambassadors are a great free resource for schools and are inspiring role models for the students and we know that they really do make a difference. Survey results tell us that pupils are 90 per cent more likely to be interested in continuing to study STEM subjects after engaging with STEM Ambassadors. It’s easy to get involved, so if there are any more teachers who want our help, or businesses who want to work with their schools and communities, then get in touch with us.”

 

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