Report from Mr Law
Our Lady’s High School is competing for
Free LEGO® Education STEM Resources and we need your Support
Our Lady’s High School have applied to be chosen to receive LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 STEM resources, free as part of a pilot of the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP). They need local support to become one of only 25 schools that will be chosen to receive the resources.
The Elite Engineering Programme is a privately funded education initiative set up to reignite the UK’s status as a world leader in engineering. The programme was created in response to research published last year by the Royal Academy of Engineering which found that the UK needs to increase (by around 50% per year) the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths graduates.
LEGO Education is offering 25 sets of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 resources, worth £3,000, to schools for secondary school students. Chosen schools will also receive free training for teachers, which will explain how to use the materials to deliver the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum.
Gareth Boldsworth, Director, LEGO Education Europe explained,
“We’re keen to make MINDSTORMS Education EV3 available to young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to discover that they have a real flair for engineering. We’re looking for schools that show real enthusiasm for being part of the pilot and we will be taking account of support that they get from the local community.”
Paul McKendrick, Principal Teacher of Science at Our Lady’s, states,
“We are a relatively small school with limited resources. Kits like these are a wonderful means of engaging our students in a way that lets them see a direct link to real world applications of their classwork. They’re not only cross-curricular but also a lot of fun. A very useful way of bringing the STEM subjects together.”
The partners behind the Elite Engineering Programme initiative are:
- Graham Sharp’s Helsington Foundation
- LEGO Education and
- Professor Anthony Purnell.
EEP is also supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a number of celebrities who have all donated their time to help promote the initiative.
Students at the chosen schools will have the chance to use the LEGO® resources to build sophisticated programmable robots to compete against others, at regional and national contests. Schools simply had to apply to be part of the pilot. The 25 schools will then be chosen on merit.
To see and support the Our Lady’s High school application go to
http://youtu.be/HtJ54rvCFss. Comments on the application video will be taken into account when judging, so make sure you have your say.
For more information on EEP go to www.eep-schools.org.uk.