Student teams can apply to be part of an exciting robotics challenge that sees them involved in special environmentally focused missions. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes.
This isn’t a one-off challenge. It’s a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11 to 14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.
The Robotics Challenge is about inspiring students and developing new skills that will allow them to understand engineering in the real world. We want to remove misconceptions about becoming an engineer, and show that it’s a career that many people can aspire to – regardless of background.
The programme is linked to the curriculum, careers, and promotes your school both internally and externally through the UK-wide competition. The Robotics Challenge brings STEM and engineering to life and allows students to discuss and develop careers aspirations with STEM volunteers who are happy to present their career choices with them through the STEM Ambassador programme.
We also realise that in this current climate, your students will not have been able to visit places and attend out of school extra-curricular activities. As such, we have now made robotics an online experience meaning that you can still enjoy the benefits of the programme but under the new restricted guidelines.
Your team will research, design, plan, implement and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem gaining feedback on their work from the engineering community. The challenge will open up potential new careers to your students and help put their school learning into context.
We have developed a Robotics Challenge Microsoft Teams Education platform for all participating schools where there are a series of planned lessons, tutorials, template presentations and activities to show your students how to use the hardware and software, and how to prepare their digital portfolio.
Working with our delivery partners, this guide shows the rough time commitments of the Challenge:
Digital training days for teachers are planned to take place in January 2021
The programme is for 11 to 14 year olds and we recommend that a diverse range of 10 students (at least 50% female) work on the challenge.
Using your LEGO robots and the environmentally themed challenge resources, you will take your students through the assigned challenges and projects. Working independently, with some facilitation from teachers, your students will then work on as many tasks as possible. We do not expect all teams to complete everything.
Our Robotics Challenge Microsoft Teams Education platform contains support and videos, and more guidance can be found on the Raising Robots website.
We have developed a Robotics Challenge Microsoft Teams Education platform for all participating schools which contains a series of planned lessons, tutorials, template presentations and activities to show your students how to use the hardware and software, and how to prepare their digital portfolio.
You will ideally have the Microsoft Teams Education app installed (a web version is available but has less functionality). The latest version of LEGO programming software should also be installed on devices that your students will use.
Our delivery partners are using Microsoft Teams or Zoom for online welcome meetings and training - these will be used for our celebration events in May.
Information from portfolios, including videos and photos, will be used in our regional digital celebration events and then again at the UK final.
Winning teams will be selected from each regional event to take part in the UK final, and will be given an extra task to complete in time for the UK final celebration event. Judges, working with our delivery partners, will assess portfolios to award prizes for the work uploaded.