While many of you have been talking about the budget this week, we’ve filled our time with a very exciting week at Eluceo.
With two robotics programmes on the go at the moment, where students having to design and build their own robot using Lego Mindstorm EV3s based on a number of set criteria, we’ve been up to our eyeballs said Lego and it’s basic programming software.
However, alongside developing the robot, our programme also helps students understand the world of work by introducing them to those that work in the industry, and to help them understand what skills they’ve gained when completing the project and where their strengths lie.
On Tuesday Orchid Digital visited our partner school in Bournemouth to demonstrate what they do in their day-to-day lives, show off some of their kit, and let the students play around with it. Students have to market their robot within the Eluceo progamme, and having Orchid Digital visit gave them an idea of the ways in which innovative technology can be used to market products. They demonstrated their VR technology, where students could interact with the Marvel universe, and their drone which could be used to take photos (for example of events) that would otherwise not be possible.
I also learnt a lot. It’s certainly an exciting time for technology and marketing, and definitely gave the students the ability to understand what jobs might be out there in the marketing and digital sector when they leave school.
On Wednesday, Issac, a representative from Leidos, a technology company spanning the fields of defense, intelligence, civil, and health, came to speak to our students about what it means to be a systems engineer, how he got into the industry, and what he does day to day.
Perhaps a harder topic to sell, without the exciting gadgets and gizmos, Issac was brilliant at helping the students to understand what a systems engineer was; an interesting topic because on the one hand it’s self explanatory, and on the other, very difficult to describe! Students were also able to show him what they’d built and designed already, and he was able to give them pointers as to how to improve them.