Student teams can apply to be part of an exciting robotics challenge that sees them involved in ‘aviation missions’. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes.
This isn’t a one-off challenge. It’s a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.
Student teams across the country learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. From speed racing to humanitarian aid, they’ll demonstrate their skills at challenges held around the country.
The journey starts in school. The challenge events are the culmination of a ten-week extra-curricular or in-school programme where students learn how to design and control their robots to complete the aviation challenges. It’s all with the help of our structured activity plans and learning software, and we’ll also provide you with training and equipment.
Activities can be run with your team outside the classroom or during lessons. The challenge could take your team all the way from regional heats to the national final!
Your team will research, design, plan, implement and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem – developed with support from the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce – gaining feedback on their work from the engineering community. The challenge will open up potential new careers to your students and help put their school learning into context.
There are three parts to the Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, which you can read about below.
The challenges will take place at challenge events, which are the culmination of a ten-week extra-curricular or in-school programme that will see your students learning how to design and control their robots in order to complete the space challenges, as well as developing their research project. This is all with the help of our structured activity plans and learning software, as well as equipment and full training.
Challenge events take place at a regional level, followed by the national event where there are prizes on offer.
1) The Robot Challenge
The Robot Challenge consists of a series of aviation missions. Teams try to complete as many as possible under time pressure using the unique robots that they’ve built.
2) Robot Design
This can be compared to a real-world engineering design review. After completing the aviation missions, students present the software and physical designs they’ve created for the challenge to judges.
3) Research Project
Students research, design and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem faced by STEM professionals in the aviation industry.
There are a series of planned lessons and activities to show your students how to use the hardware and software, and how to prepare for the competition element.
Teachers will get a full introduction to the challenge, as well as LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 hardware and software, at training days which will take place in June, July and September 2017.
• Hands-on, practical demonstrations of how to run the Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge in your school
• A practical overview of the kit - the hardware and software
• How to prepare for competitions
• Key dates in the programme, supporting materials and helpful contacts
• How you can use the Tomorrow’s Engineers careers pack in school
• The training day also gives you the chance to meet other teachers and share ideas!
• Teachers or authorised school employees on behalf of girls and boys in key stage 3 (11-14 years old).
• The challenge is open to schools from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
• Applicants do not need to have an established “team” in order to apply - these can be created post-application.
All teams receive LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 resources, including:
• Hardware that allows pupils to build, program and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology, controlled via Bluetooth and wi-fi.
• The Robot Educator, learning software with step-by-step tutorials and curriculum-based activities.
• Aviation mission plans (coming soon)
• Associated Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge resources.
For more information about EV3 please visit the LEGO education website.
Teacher training day underpinned by a LEGO® Education Academy Certified Trainer, followed by online support and tutorials, with input from STEM Ambassadors and volunteers.
The training days will be at venues around the UK.
Does the school have to pay to take part in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge?
No, there is no participation fee and all the training and kit are provided free of charge.
Can we apply from anywhere in the UK?
Yes, we accept applications from secondary schools in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Can primary schools apply?
No, the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is for secondary schools only.
Can any secondary school apply?
Yes, Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is open to all secondary schools.?
When do we need to apply by?
Applications for the 2017-2018 Challenge will are open now. Applications will close 12 July 2017.
What could the application form include?
Show us how engineering impacts on your school. How important is engineering at school and further afield? How might that inspire the children? Where might engineering take them? Show us why we should choose your school above another. What makes your school special? What will your school gain from taking part? Perhaps your school is very focused on STEM subjects, and taking part will help build on this, or perhaps there’s a lack of STEM focus and the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge could help to improve this. If you already work with a STEM Ambassador or a local engineer/engineering company, don’t forget to highlight that in the application.
Do we have to apply online?
Yes, you must apply via www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/robotics but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience technical difficulties.
What if my school misses the deadline – is there any leniency around the date?
If this is the case, please enquire at email@example.com
When will we be told if our application has been chosen?
The selected applicant schools will be notified by email by Tomorrow's Engineers during the summer.
If our application is not selected, how do we appeal?
As the judges’ decision is final, we are not able to accept appeals.
Will you publicise the schools that are selected?
Yes and we’d love you to as well.
What are the judging criteria?
Judges are particularly interested in your proposed delivery structure, the potential impact on student learning and motivation, widening participation and how the challenge will inspire more students to continue with STEM.
What are we required to do if we’re selected to take part in the programme?
These things are required:
• attendance by one or two teachers at a teacher training day at the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year,
• agreement to deliver the programme materials to the intended audience (aged 11-14’s),
• agreement to allow industry volunteers to support the programme where provided,
• agreement to use the Tomorrow’s Engineers careers resources,
• agreement to give feedback on the programme and its impact,
• use of the space challenge in a competition at school, at regional heats and potentially at the national competition.
What is included in the school programme resources for the selected schools?
Sets of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set, expansion sets, chargers, site licence, accompanying software, Space Challenge resources, teacher training in using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, reasonable after-training support and Tomorrow’s Engineers resources.
Where will the teacher training take place?
Regionally at the start of the academic year 2017/18 across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (precise dates TBC).
What qualifications will the teachers need?
No specific qualifications are required.
Can we use the resources for other age groups?
The school programme resources are aimed at students aged 11-14, but all age groups can benefit from your school taking part in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.
Who should we contact if we have more queries about the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will aim to reply as soon as possible. Please check the Tomorrow’s Engineers website and media channels for further information.
Please read the terms and conditions for further details about applying and participating in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.