School’s rise of the robots

Annie Marie Spencer 1
Annie Marie Spencer 1

STUDENTS at Scarborough College and Pindar School designed, built and tested robotic arms as part of a day long Faraday Challenge which centred around engineering and medicine.

The event was organised by the institution of Engineering and Technology and was designed to help Year 8 students understand what engineering is and how is it used in everyday life.

Working in teams, the students were given a budget to buy the materials they needed to build a robotic arm. The students then had to design, develop and build the arm and present a two minute learning video of how they planned and researched their work.

The final part of the assessment saw a member of each team operate the robotic arm that their team had built, and using a live video feed, place a heart and a kidney into a model of the human body in under one minute.

The day’s aim was to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.