Two local schools have benefitted from a donation from the NEAA awards which has gone towards funding their presence at the VEX Robotics World Championship.
Pelton Primary School and Bill Quay Primary School qualified in the National tournament in Telford to then go on to the World Final in Dallas, USA in May 2023.
VEX Robotics is one of the leading platforms for educational robotics around the world. With the plastic VEX IQ platform for key stages 2 & 3 and the mental VEX EDR Cortex and V5 kits for Key stages 3, 4 and 5 it is perfectly placed to allow students to grow and develop in an open-ended, problem-solving and engaging way. The kits can be used in the classroom and as part of the extra-curricular VEX Robotics competition.
This is the largest and fasted growing robotics competition in the world with events held each year across the UK. Involvement in the competition develops key skills in competitors including teamwork, time management and perseverance – all of which are valued by employers.
The NEAA is passionate about skills and promoting the automotive sector as a career choice, and this includes starting from school age. The NEAA Awards ensure that schools and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) engagement programmes are beneficiaries of the awards, to help raise the profile of STEM careers amongst young pupils. In just four awards events, £61,000 has has been awarded to support future talent.