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VEX Robotic Trip

There is a well-documented shortage of engineers in the UK. The Royal Academy of Engineering and EngineeringUK, amongst others, have conducted research that has clearly documented this. The UK needs 100,000 new graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects every year until 2020 just to maintain the current employment numbers.

What is even more staggering is the percentage of females who make up the current engineering workforce in the UK – only 6%. In light of this, VEX Robotics along with National Grid have formulated the Girls into STEM program. 8 of our Girl’s from Stretford High School competed against hundreds of national schools and managed to impress the judges with their exciting and creative submission. As a grant recipient the class has received everything needed to enter a team and compete in this year’s VEX Robotics Competition – Nothing But Net.

On Tuesday the 9th of February, that competition took place and the Girls were an absolute credit to the School. Unfortunately they didn’t win a place in the UK finals, but for our first Robot and Regional event- they should be very proud. Congratulations to them all. It’s clear to see there may be some budding engineers and programming experts in the making!
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