Subsea STEM challenge final set to take place in Aberdeen

Team from Plymouth High School for Girls through to final of competition

The final of a national competition aimed at inspiring secondary school pupils to pursue a career in the subsea industry will take place in Aberdeen next week (Wednesday, 6th March).

Now in its second year, the STEM challenge, led by Subsea UK and supported by The Smallpeice Trust, has seen teams of year nine students from across the UK compete in a subsea design challenge.

The regional heats took place at the end of last year and saw more than forty teams design, build and market an ROV using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, an integrated platform that enables the development of programmable robots using Lego building blocks.

Sponsored by Subsea 7, OPITO, SAAB, SMD, Weir Group and Furgo, the final of the competition will see the winners from each regional heat complete a subsea design challenge at Subsea 7’s Aberdeen offices on Wednesday, 6th March.

The schools taking part in the final are – Cantell School (Southampton), Plymouth High School for Girls, All Saints Catholic High School (Sheffield), Royal Grammar School (Newcastle) and Williamwood High School (Glasgow).

The finalists will be presented with a scenario where they must design and programme an ROV to carry out a task,  they will then have the opportunity to present and test their model to the judging panel, before the overall winner is announced on the day.

Trish Banks, operations manager of Subsea UK said: “After a successful series of regional competitions last year, we’re excited to see the STEM challenge final return again to Aberdeen. The level of creativity and talent the pupils have brought to the challenge has been inspiring to watch.  We hope this interactive competition will encourage the next generation to pursue a career in the subsea and engineering sectors.”

If interested in getting involved in the Subsea UK STEM Challenge in 2020, contact: trish.banks@subseauk.com