UTC Leeds students are putting their engineering and programming skills to the test in an innovative robotics programme led by the University of Leeds.
PhD student Orla Gibson, from the University of Leeds, is working with UTC students to develop their maths skills through applied learning as part of the Discover Robo Maths programme.
Year 10 students are designing their own robotic buggies with the ability to perform set tasks. This involves learning the mathematical equations that calculate speed, velocity, distance, time and acceleration as part of the process.
The students have been developing their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills during weekly sessions this term, and have been invited to visit the University to test their robotic buggies.
The project is also developing students’ employability skills including communication, teamworking and problem solving.
Robotics is a branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering and computer science.
Student Summer Khurshid, aged 15, wants a career in aerospace engineering. She said: “I chose UTC Leeds because I’ve got a big interest in engineering and I can specialise in that subject here as well as taking GCSEs. I really like this project because it’s practical and fun.”
Student Ammor Masud, aged 14, wants a career in computer hardware engineering. He added: “I’m really happy here. I’ve learnt a lot in just a few months. I’m really enjoying this project because it’s relevant to the career that I want to work in.”
Alex Burnham, Principal of UTC Leeds, said: “What sets us apart from traditional schools is that our students work on real life technical challenges and develop the skills that engineering employers need.”
He added: “Our fantastic partnership with the University of Leeds also gives our students a competitive edge when they are applying for apprenticeships, jobs and university places.”
Steve Gleadall, STEM Outreach Manager at the University of Leeds, said: “The Educational Engagement team at the University of Leeds provide young people with opportunities to discover more about higher education and experience the subjects we offer in a practical and fun way.”
He added: “Discover Robo Maths is a great opportunity for us to introduce UTC students to some of the methods of learning and skills needed when studying engineering at university such as researching, problem solving, and presenting results. It has allowed the students to apply their mathematical knowledge to a real-world challenge and it will enrich their understanding of maths in an engineering context.”