Nus Ghani, in her capacity as Minister for The Year of Engineering, attended The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) FIRST LEGO League UK and Ireland competition. The event, aimed at 9-16 year-olds, and held in Bristol, tasked teams with building a robot to take on challenges, and provide innovative solutions to real-world problems.
The global programme, which will be sending the UK and Ireland champions, “L20”, to the FIRST LEGO World Festival in Detroit, USA, focussed this year on space, and how humans will survive in extended periods in a hostile environment. With over 500 young people attending, it is one of the largest opportunities for young people to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, said: “Congratulations to the L20 team from the Ralph Allen School in Bath on winning the UK and Ireland round of this prestigious competition! I am sure they will make great ambassadors for the UK, and our national engineering heritage.
“This initiative encourages young people, and especially young women, to explore STEM careers. It’s very welcome to see this during the Year of Engineering.
“Despite the enthusiasm and talent of the next generation for STEM skills, we all too often ignore engineering as a profession for young people. It is exciting programmes like this that go a long way to remedying that.
“It is vital that we get more young people into the field if we are to continue to lead the world on great engineering projects in the future. I am proud to work with our inspirational students in Hailsham, Uckfield and Crowborough, as well as the surrounding villages, as they strive to take advantage of all the opportunities the exciting technology of the future offers them.
“I’m really looking forward to promoting STEM careers when I visit the Hailsham Community College Careers Fair on the 15th of March, and, who knows, maybe the next winner of FIRST LEGO will be from East Sussex!”