Metro Mayor supports schools robotics challenge

THE team behind The Big Bang North West, All About STEM, have announced the Liverpool City Region Make It Work Robotics Challenge for schools, supported by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.

Over the next 6 months, they will be facilitating a series of, free-to-attend events for schools where students will have the chance to build a VEX robot and battle it out in an exciting arena-style competition, supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Sessions will showcase careers linked to robotics, highlight pathways into them in and develop skills.

“Schools always have a fantastic time at our robotics challenges. We are overjoyed that this year, Steve Rotheram, the LCR Metro Mayor, has generously offered his full support and co-funded this brilliant series of inspirational, hands-on events across our city region!” Michelle Dow, Managing Director, All About STEM.

The winner of each heat will go through to a prestigious Grand Final taking place later in the school year. There they will compete to be crowned Make it Work LCR Robot Challenge Champions 2018/19.

Local businesses will be sponsoring each heat and local employers will be engaging to bring a ‘real world’ insight to each event. All events will be supported by All About STEM & STEM Ambassadors throughout the day.

Schools & businesses can contact for further information.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “It is vital for the future economic prosperity of the city region that our young people have the skills they need for the 21st century, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  That’s why I was so keen that the Combined Authority support the Make It Work Robotics Challenge, which I am sure will inspire many young people to choose to continue to study and eventually find work in these growing sectors, which will ensure a productive and prosperous future for them, and for the Liverpool City Region.”

Simon Reid, Sector Manager for Advanced Manufacturing, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “As the City Region’s economy continues to improve, more companies are facing a shortage of skilled workers, especially in Advanced Manufacturing. Now more than ever our future depends on a workforce with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and the best way to ensure a steady supply of workers is through education.  That is why initiatives such as the Make It Work Challenge are so important; they provide an opportunity for our young people to really engage with the possibility of working in this sector and hopefully encourage them that Advanced Manufacturing is an exciting and rewarding career.”

All About STEM Managing Director Michelle Dow said, “The Make It Work Challenge will give us the opportunity to demonstrate to our young people what skills local, and indeed national, employers are looking for. It gives us an opportunity to change perceptions, break down stereotypes, promote teamwork and provide careers advice to students  – and it’s great fun!

“We can’t wait to see secondary schools from across the Liverpool City Region experience this hands-on, STEMsational, skills-based challenge. In a rapidly changing world, we need to engage and excite our young people about future careers and encourage them to think about their future in our fantastic city.”