Students take on high-tech challenge in Wymondham

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BB

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BBC Microbit in the Faraday Challenge Day at Wymondham High Academy. Patrick Stebbens, 13, and Charlotte Ellis, 12, from Notre Dame High School, work on a tilt alarm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Pupils from six schools have gathered at Wymondham High Academy for a day of science and technology challenges.

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BB

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BBC Microbit in the Faraday Challenge Day at Wymondham High Academy. From left, Zizi Duffield, 12, Jess Beauchamp, 12, Daniel Jones, 13, and Oscar Albrow, 12, from Framingham Earl High School, design a stepometer and a temperature guide. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It was part of a 'Faraday Challenge Day' promoting STEM (science, technology, maths and engineering) subjects run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The challenges were focused on designing aids for Britain's America's Cup team using the BBC's micro:bit coding platform. Holly Margerison-Smith, from the institute, said: 'There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians and we're confident that this will challenge young people's perceptions of engineers.'

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BB

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BBC Microbit in the Faraday Challenge Day at Wymondham High Academy. Phil Hart from the Institute of Engineering and Technology helps some of the pupils. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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