Careers Wales inspires the next generation of innovators from across Caerphilly
Pupils from schools across Caerphilly were challenged to put their creative skills to the test at a Careers Wales event in conjunction with the Eden Education Centre.
Five teams of Year 8 pupils went head to head in the task of designing, building and programming a robot made entirely from LEGO bricks, before being judged and marked on the results.
The teams, made up of just six pupils from each school were awarded points for the design, build, its capabilities, the results and their presentation. The team with the most points at the end of the challenge was then named the winner.
Five schools from across the county took part in the taxing challenge including Risca Community Comprehensive, Lewis Girls School, St Cenydd Comprehensive, Blackwood Comprehensive and Bedwas High.
Nikki Lawrence, chief executive of Careers Wales said: “As an organisation we really enjoy being part of this annual innovation event."
"From our experience practical, hands-on challenges like these are fantastic for igniting the pupil’s natural flair for creativity and encouraging them to investigate their engineering design skills while also helping to increase their confidence in the STEM subjects.”
The judges for the event, including Graham Rees from Gwent Aspire Team, Peter Jones from Eden and Derek Hobbs from Careers Wales were all impressed with the high standard of the work the teams produced. The team from Blackwood Comprehensive were named the winners after delivering an excellent presentation about what they’d learnt during the day and displayed great team work skills throughout the task.
Peter Jones, founder of the Eden Education Centre, said: "The Eden Robotics challenge really pushed these students to think outside the box. It was a tough task, but the children showed resilience and enthusiasm at all time. Even when they faced obstacles, they remained determined and never gave up. The efforts they put into completing the challenge were truly admirable and this showed in the results.”
The event was held in collaboration with Careers Wales, The Eden Education Centre, with support from DS Smith, Glenside, IQE, ENGIE and Lloyds Bank.
Pupils were also given the opportunity to ask business professionals about their careers and gain a better understanding of the different career paths open to them.
Careers Wales is an all-Wales service that offers free career advice, tips and guidance to people of all ages looking to enter full or part time employment, work schemes, apprenticeships or gain work experience to further their skills and job prospects.
Careers Wales gives advice in both Welsh and English and for further information and to access their services, you can search online for www.careerswales.com or follow them on Twitter @CareersWales or on Facebook under www.facebook.com/careerswales.