Subsea UK Launches New Initiative to Encourage Careers at Sea
Industry body Subsea UK has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging school pupils to consider a career at sea.
The STEM Challenge, led by Subsea UK and supported by The Smallpeice Trust, will see teams of year nine students compete in a design-and-make challenge for the marine industries.
Schools will compete to design and build an ROV using Lego Mindstorms, a platform produced by Lego to develop programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. The winning team from each regional event will travel to Aberdeen on May 14 for the Subsea UK STEM Challenge final.
Five teams in total will make it to the final, where each team will have the opportunity to prove their model in a test tank and deliver a short presentation to a judging panel before the overall winner is announced.
A prize for the overall winning team hasn’t been set yet, but pupils will get the chance to visit a couple of companies to get a real life view of the subsea sector, a Subsea UK representative told Rigzone.
“The aim of this event is to inspire the young to be part of our industry. The competition is a way of igniting a passion for engineering and it’s great to have schools involved all across the country,” Trish Banks, operations manager of Subsea UK, said in an organization statement.
“The students will be given an overview of how STEM impacts everyday life and have the opportunity to hear directly from young representatives from the subsea industry. We want to build engagement from right across the sector so I’d encourage companies to get involved and help us inspire the next generation,” Banks added.
Kevin Stenson, chief executive of The Smallpeice Trust and Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, said the group was delighted to be partnering with Subsea UK.
“During this Year of Engineering 2018 there’s never been a more important time to offer young people a positive experience of the profession so hopefully these days will do just that,” Stenson said in an organization statement.
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