Once again RAF Honington has hosted school children from across the region to take part in the annual Robotics Challenge competition.
Station STEM Ambassadors from Cyberspace Communications, Engineers and Armourers hosted and assisted with the event. This national event is attended by high school children in Y7-9 who are interested in engineering and looking to choose STEM subjects. This year saw 4 schools attend the regional final at RAF Honington from across the East of England.
All preparations for the event including the building and coding of the Lego robots are completed by the school teams at school STEM clubs. Students attend this annual event to put their robots into practice in different scenarios whereby they have to be able to move their robots around in autonomous fashion and retrieve items. They also took part in a teamwork challenge whereby they were instructed to create a radar out of a STEM kit.
Alongside the STEM activities, the children were also hosted on a visit to the onsite RAF Regiment Heritage Centre and given the opportunity to try out the Virtual Reality headsets as used by the RAF Regiment Training Wing for simulation weapons training.
The Royal Air Force sponsored event is a great initiative to harness the enthusiasm of the next generation in the hope that one day they will join the Royal Air Force as an engineer.
Congratulations to The Deepings School from Peterborough who will now go on to compete against other regional winners at the Big Bang UK event held at the NEC on 21-23 June. We wish them the best of luck!