Schoolchildren in Years 7 to 9 will take part in a robotics challenge among other tasks at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), run by STEM Sussex, the university’s STEM outreach department, and funded through the Widening Participation outreach team. The event takes place at the Moulsecoomb campus on Tuesday, 18 December.
The theme of the tournament is ‘Into Orbit’ and students will compete with programmed Lego ‘mindstorm’ kits. The aim of the competition is to enable young people to develop key skills that may help them in their future careers.
Sussex-based astronaut Tim Peake has written a letter to the students inviting them to notify him of their inventions on postcards provided by the Institute of Education and Technology.
Tim wrote: “Engineers play a vital role in space discovery and we need good ideas to help us explore further. It is great that you and your team are researching into the problems we face.
“Some of the software I used when I was on the international space station was designed by children and UK school students designed experiments run by Raspberry Pi in our Astro Pi flight units. So I know just how good young people’s ideas can be – you could be changing space technology as we know it.