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Robotics Challenge

Engineers team-up with Girlguiding North East to tackle the gender gap in STEM

Over a hundred girl guides from units across the North East went head-to-head in a special round of the EEP Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics Challenge.
The partnership between EngineeringUK, Girlguiding North East and the Reece Foundation aims to get more girls actively involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The day was amazing and loved by everyone who took part. Engineering UK approached Girlguiding North East as they want to get more girls involved with STEM activities and they had this opportunity thanks to the generosity of the Reece Foundation.

The heat took place at the Armstrong Works, Newcastle, home to Reece Group and its engineering companies, where the guides put their robots to the test in a time trial and a challenge to recover aid for a humanitarian project. They had to give a talk on how they had built their robot and on what they had found about humanitarian aid. They then had to make a toothbrush head move around watched by members from the RAF.
Winning teams from 3rd Hexham Guides and 1st Usworth Guides (Newcastle) will now compete in the UK finals at The Big Bang Fair on Friday 16 March.

Congratulation to everyone who took part and wish the winners the best of luck in the national finals in Birmingham.