At Airedale Springs, we are incredibly invested in the future of engineering, so when we’re not creating flat springs or torsion springs, we’re getting involved with the local college and schools, and working with our apprentices. We know how important it is to cultivate an interest in engineering at a young age which is why we’re happy to see that the very first UK robotics week will be taking place in June.
The brand new event has been planned with the intention of inspiring the next generation to become more involved with the engineering, science and technology industry by hosting a variety of different events and contests that schools up and down the country can get involved with.
What Is Robotics Week?
Some of the biggest names in science and engineering have backed this new, exciting event to further prove that the event is a fantastic addition to anyone’s calendar.
The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are showing their support for the event, hoping that their involvement will inspire more young people to pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematical (STEM) industry.
The UK needs to secure the future of engineering to keep up our reputation when it comes to creating innovative new technology advances. Robotics is an immensely popular emerging market and the more young people that can get involved with it, the more successful it will be.
The President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, has stated how important this event will be in encouraging more young people to become involved with engineering.
“The UK needs to recruit over a million engineers over the next decade to deliver the technology solutions that will drive economic growth and transform our quality of life” she says. “The launch of an annual UK Robotics Week is an exciting way of broadening public engagement in the beneficial impact of robotics for the future of the UK.”
How Schools Can Get Involved
As we have already mentioned, the whole purpose of the robotics week is to target young people who are still in the education system and encourage them to become more actively involved in engineering related activities and career paths.
The main event that’s geared towards school participation is the School Robot Challenge. For this event, children aged 4-17 are invited to send artwork and essays which relate to bio-inspired robots and are able to design and build their very own robot bugs using special kits and 3D printing equipment.
There are also showcases that will be going on throughout the event, allowing some of the most talented individuals in the country can show their impressive robotic creations off to not only some of the most influential institutes in engineering, but the world too.
Here at Airedale Springs, we take a great interest in the future of engineering, which is why we have plenty of involvement with young people through schools and apprenticeship programmes. We’re excited to see how well received the very first robotics week is by the young people of the UK, and we hope to see more young people developing an interest in engineering.
The event will be running from the 25th of June until the 1st of July, so make sure you are checking out some of the exciting events that will be going on during that week over on the Robotics Week website!
At Airedale Springs, we love hearing what’s new in the robotics industry as we use various robotic systems within our company too!
We’re proud to be part of the ever-growing engineering industry and we’re excited to see what the future holds. If you would like more information about any of our products and how they can support your role in the engineering industry, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 01535 643456 or heading over to our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.