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On 26 and 27 June, 6 teachers from schools across the UK took part in 2 inspiring days at Cambridge University.

12 Jul 2019

Robotics teacher award

On 26 and 27 June, 6 teachers from schools across the UK took part in 2 inspiring days at Cambridge University.

The teachers had all won the Helsington Foundation teacher award at The Big Bang Fair 2019, in recognition of the passion and dedication they had demonstrated over the past few years in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge and promoting STEM in their schools.

Annie Beglin

One of the winners, Annie Beglin of St Crispin's School

 

The prize consisted of £1,000 to the school to promote STEM learning as well as a dinner at Cambridge University’s Christ's College, an insiders’ guide to Cambridge admissions, as well as a tour of undergraduate teaching areas at the Department of Engineering and Emmanuel College.

 

The winners also received a certificate signed by Graham Sharp – Founder of the Helsington Foundation, Professor Dame Ann Dowling - President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Malcolm Brinded - Chairman Engineering UK, and Professor Richard Prager - Head of Cambridge Engineering Department.

 

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge sees student teams build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting missions. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher CPD and some great prizes.

 

"What an experience! I feel truly humble to have received an award for my work as a teacher and it is never my goal to seek personal glory from the work that I do, it is the pupils who are at the forefront of everything I do. I have had 2 days that are among the best in my education career and this is due to the TE Robotics challenge, it has allowed me to provide an opportunity for my pupils to be the best that they can be.
If the clock was rolled back to the day I read an email about the competition 3 years ago, knowing what I know now, I'd complete the application in a heartbeat!  If you are reading this and think 'maybe' or 'I haven't got the time', make the time and get involved!"

Kevin, 2019 Helsington Foundation teacher prize winner

 

"I have come away even more enthused with STEM and I'm eager to start again in September with my STEM plans in order to engage even more students."

Simon, 2019 Helsington Foundation teacher prize winner

 

"The best STEM competition in the UK. The EEP Robotics competition has raised the profile of STEM related careers in our school and the students are already signing up to take part in the next challenge. Join us!"

James, 2019 Helsington Foundation teacher prize winner

 

Photos by: Liam Noel

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