School Robotics Event with BITC and Careers Wales

Last week saw the culmination of our intra-schools Robotics Competition that we have been hosting on behalf of Business in the Community Cymru and Careers Wales, here's what ITV Wales had to say about the day... http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2016-02-01/school-children-compete-to-build-the-best-lego-robot/. 

Five schools took part from the Heads of the Valleys Business Class Cluster, these were Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, Brynmawr Foundation School, Cyfarthfa High School, Pen y Dre High School, Bishop Hedley RC High School. 

Business Class, funded by the Welsh Government, is a tried and tested model that builds sustainable long-term partnerships between businesses and secondary schools. There are currently over 1,000 businesses supporting 460 partnerships and over 140,000 young people across the UK. In 2015/16 the objective is to create 60 partnerships in areas across Wales. 

The five schools mentioned are twinned with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, SERS, Carillion, Costain and Legal and General the winning team from each of the school heats worked hard throughout the day to present their challenges to the judging panel which consisted of representatives from Bouygues Construction, Capita, Keapmoat and Parsons Brinkerhoff, the event was also been sponsored by KMPG.

The students had to show their engineering skills in building their robot with LEGO Education, programming it to move to complete a challenge, the challenge was based on a Green City and they had to present their findings to the judges who will also mark them on their team work and problem solving skills. 

All the teams were amazing and a great day was had by all, however based on outstanding presentation, team collaboration and a passion to succeed the winning team was from Cyfartha High!

Rosie Sweetman, Director Business in the Community Cymru:

“A shortage of STEM skills is well-evidenced and making these subject attractive and showing them in action is what this partnership has succeeded in doing.  Industry needs more pupils to choose STEM subjects, and initiatives like the Robotics Challenge do a great job of promoting them”.

Richard Spear, Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said:

“In Wales we have a high demand for more candidates in science, technology, engineering and maths by 2022 with a need for 25,000 nurses, 19,000 accountant and finance roles, 11,000 IT and telecommunication professionals, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is reassuring to see businesses working closely with our schools through the Business Class programme to enthuse more young people to take up STEM careers and address this demand. 

Well done to all involved!