Local pupils go head to head in Lego challenge
Students from Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Secondary Campus and their business mentors, Tai Calon Community Housing Limited, have been crowned winners of the Eden Robotics ‘Green Living’ Challenge hosted by Careers Wales, Business in the Community (BITC) The Eden Education Centre and sponsored by Coleg Gwent and Merthyr College.
Teams of Year Eight pupils from schools across Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr took part in the contest. The event was delivered under the Business Class programme, a BITC scheme funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales, which aims to forge links between employers and schools.
Pupils from 7 schools competed in the competition, during which they were partnered with business representatives who guided and supported them during the tasks.
The pupils were tasked with programming a robot in the ‘Green Living’ challenge. Working in teams, the activities were designed to help pupils strengthen their interpersonal, organisational and communication skills in addition to programming and building robots.
The day culminated in presentations given by each team, where pupils introduced their team, and explained their design and the rationale behind it. The students also had to demonstrate an understanding of the environmental implications when presenting their ideas.
The aim of the event was to highlight the range of career paths within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and challenge stereotypical perceptions of the industry. It also helped to improve the youngsters’ understanding of the wider world of work, the career choices available to them and how they could build on their employability skills.
The schools participating in the challenge included Abertillery Learning Community Secondary Campus, Brynmawr Foundation School, Bishop Hedley High School, Cyfartha High School, Pen-y-Dre High School, Afon Taff High School and Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Secondary Campus.
Johanna Reames, Tai Calon Work Place Co-ordinator said: “It has been a pleasure to be matched with Ebbw Fawr Learning Community through Business Class. We met and worked with a great bunch of students who participated fully in all activities resulting in students of the school winning the Eden Robotics Green Living Challenge Final."
“It was a well-deserved win, the students were amazing and I was proud to be part of their achievement. A very well done to Ebbw Fawr.”
Nikki Lawrence, chief executive of Careers Wales said: “The winning team demonstrated outstanding team work, innovative thinking and clear communication skills; all important skills that are key to business success."
"These sorts of challenges give school pupils the chance to develop a variety of extra-curricular skills that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to develop in their school classrooms."
"Business Class brings industries and young people together in a way which is accessible to school pupils. This event demonstrated the range of careers available within the STEM industry.”
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