Budding scientists and engineers of the future have been trying their hands at Science-based workshops, competitions and demonstrations at Middlesex University as part of National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) 11-20 March 2011.
The University kicked off the week by hosting the final phases of the Mayor's Award Robot Challenge, in which eight pairs of year-10 students aged 14-15 from local schools competed against each other. Students had three hours to build and programme a small robot to do battle with other teams on a giant chess board, where the robots had to move chess pieces in to their team's scoring squares.
The winning team was ‘Transformers’ made up of Stephen Ketley from Aylward Academy, Edmonton and Emanuel Dorotolu from St Ignatius College, Enfield. Stephen Ketley from the winning team said: ‘It was a fun day and showed me the opportunities available at university’.
Dr Stephen Prior, from Middlesex University who helped organise the Mayor’s Award, said: “It was good to see a high standard of technical ability in the group of 16 Enfield school high achievers. The competition was fierce and we ended up with two excellent robots in the final which was won by team Transformers 2-0. All the students had a great experience and we look forward to seeing them again in the next few years.”
Middlesex University also welcomed local school children aged 10-11 on Saturday (19) for a Science and Engineering Competition day. It was attended by 45 pupils who took part in a range of interactive workshops including the opportunity to make and launch their own rockets, programme robots and have a go at finger printing. They also took part in a science quiz and interacted with gadgets including an intelligent robotic dinosaur which can react to human gestures and tone of voice.
Pupils from 15 schools competed by collecting points in the workshops and the team with the most points won prizes at the end of the day. First place was picked up by Alex McMinn and Christopher Dunkin from St Mary’s CE Primary School, Finchley, with all students taking away goodie bags.
Middlesex University takes part in NSEW every year which looks to engage people of all ages in science, engineering and technology activities.