Go4SET South West takes place at UTC Swindon
On 8th March 2016, UTC Swindon hosted the Go4SET South West competition, with teams of children from 13 schools across the region presenting their STEM-inspired projects to assessors. Go4SET was developed by the UKESF in partnership with EDT, and aims to engage children age 12–14 with hands-on design challenges that prompt them to apply STEM-related solutions to real-life problems.
Top prize was awarded to a team of five girls from Badminton School in Bristol, who were mentored by Imagination Technologies. The girls researched and designed the ‘Bhed’, an integrated bed that would help the user to relax and reduces insomnia. The Bhed monitors sleep, regulates temperature, can play music and adjust lighting, and also has a massage option.
Here’s what some of the team members had to say about their Go4SET experience:
“I wanted to discover something new and I can definitely say that I have learnt something new during this project … [it] hasn’t only introduced me to my first bit of engineering ever but it has [also] given me a little bit of insight towards the world of engineering … I used to think engineering was all about cars and people building cars. But actually it is much more than that.”
“I decided to join this project to gain experience, learn and have a chance to see what engineering is about … There were things that I haven’t come across before and techniques/skills that I have never seen.”
“We had many ideas for the design of our project to begin with but when we finally had the right design and manufactured it to perfection, the experience felt beyond satisfactory … I have learnt about what engineers actually do and how they do this.”
Find out more about Go4SET here.