The School as part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is committed to giving young people the opportunity to experience STEM subjects in a Univeristy environment. Researchers, academic staff and students deliver a wide range of hands-on and interactive STEM activities. We offer STEM days for Y6, Y9 and Y12/13.
For year 6:
Lego rovers - Learn about communication over long distances by controlling our Lego robots with simulated delays to the Moon and Mars. Investigate how to make robots autonomously follow a trail or seek water.
For year 9:
Programming lego robots - Visit our central teaching labs on campus to learn about how to program autonomous robots to solve tasks such as line following and obstacle avoidance.
For years 12 - 13:
- Headstart 'robotics and autonomous systems' summer school - A week-long residential school in early July each year. This introduces students to key themes in robotics and autonomous systems, including hands-on experience with building a robot and programming it to solve an obstacle course. Students get the chance to meet people from industry and visit a factory that uses robots on its production line.
- STEM masterclasses
We offer hands-on activities for primary and secondary schools on a wide range of computing subjects like; Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Programming, Cryptography and Logic.
Each year we invite several secondary schools to our Department to take part in our computing taster days.
For years 5-10:
- Lego rovers - Learn about communication over long distances by controlling our lego robots with simulated delays to the Moon and Mars. Investigate how to make robots autonomously follow a trail or seek water.
- Taster days on campus - These run every Wednesday from January to April. Pupils spend a full day in our labs, working with our staff and students to investigate research topics and take part in activities that support the national curriculum in computing. This is a great way to introduce your pupils to university life, including our teaching methods, facilities, campus environment and research activity. Our aim is to encourage pupils from all backgrounds to consider further study at university.
We offer a range of themed activities suitable for Yr 12 students. Themes include but are not limited to communications, power electronics and sensors.
Each year we run a number of events such as:
For years 6 and 7:
- Taster days on campus
- Snap circuits