Inspiring Students to Pursue a Career in Science - Wearable Tech Competition

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wearable tech competition

In Partnership with Ahead Partnership Leeds and Leeds Becket University, Farnell is organizing a wearable tech competition featuring CodeBug, a wearable piece of tech designed to introduce programming and electronics concepts to younger age groups.

The goal of the program is to inspire secondary school students in the region of Yorkshire to pursue a career in engineering and science, in line with the business’ core focus in education and nurturing future talent in STEM disciplines. The competition will be held to encourage hands on learning and creative problem solving, providing the opportunity to explore technology in a fun and challenging setting.

Yorkshire schools show great enthusiasm to participate in the competition and Ahead Partnership Leeds is assisting this project by raising awareness about the competition among schools. So far we have ten confirmed participating schools:

  • Cockburn School in Leeds
  • Guiseley School in Leeds
  • Leeds West Academy in Leeds
  • Netherwood ALC in Barnsley
  • Swallow Hill Community College in Leeds
  • Lightcliffe Academy in Halifax
  • Roundhay School in Leeds
  • Abbey Grange Academy in Leeds
  • Carleton Community High School in Castleford
  • John Smeaton Academy in Leeds

The competition kicks off on the 9th of December 2015 and concludes on the 15th of March 2016 - to coincide with British Science Week.

So what is the competition about? - Schools will receive 5 CodeBug development boards each as well as additional budget provided by Farnell to spend on electronic components they need in order to complete their designs. Each school will come up with several design candidates to determine which of their designs will be sent to the final event in March. Leeds Beckett University has assigned students from their Electrical Engineering and Design departments to help schools complete their projects between December and March.

The final event will be a science fair held at Leeds Beckett University on the 15th of March 2016 where each school will have the opportunity to display their best design before a panel of judges. The panel will consist of Steven Webb, Company Secretary and General Counsel at Premier Farnell, a pair of academics from Leeds Beckett University and few more surprise judges. Prizes and further details will be revealed at a later date.