Local pupils share their science and LEGO creations at UWE

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Teams of pupils from across the West were invited to be LEGO engineers and STEM investigators at UWE Bristol recently, and share their projects at a celebration event in the new School of Engineering building.

The pupils brought together so many great ideas and presented them to the other teams, before engaging with several STEM workshops and outreach sessions.
Amongst the team’s wonderful projects and designs, were a LEGO sorting machine, a powerful trebuchet, and an automatically operated LEGO bridge-lift.

In addition to the chance to share their projects with the other teams, the pupils were able to experience various STEM workshops.

The workshop activities included:

  • programming a robot to draw patterns, with the University of Bristol Digimakers team
  • learning about sustainable housing to limit energy-loss in their houses, with UWE’s Dr Deborah Adkins
  • ‘The West In Minecraft’ digital engineering workshop from UWE’s DETI Inspire team – the talented young engineers created solutions to real-world problems in the popular Bristol digital worlds

Andy McGovern, teacher at Stanbridge Primary, said: “The children had a brilliant day overall, and being able to showcase the LEGO project was great.”. 

The event was hosted by the DETI Inspire team, in partnership with the FIRST® LEGO® League, and the Great Science Share

To learn more about the DETI Inspire workshops including other available activities and sessions, or to book a session for your school, visit https://www.digitaltrailblazers.net/resources; or contact the team at engineeringourfuture

The West in Minecraft and subsequent worlds are developed with the support of Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and Science Hunters through Building to Break Barriers (funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant).

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