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Robot Day 2018 comes to QUAD in March

23 January 2018
Derby’s annual Robot Day will be taking place in QUAD on 17th March. QUAD welcomes the third edition of Robot Day in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to celebrate British Science Week. The free event will offer a range of robot-related STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) activities, exhibitions, talks and films for all ages. Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with coding, watch robots compete in a range of challenges, meet a fighting robot, hear from experts about how robots improve our lives, and join in with VR experiences and craft activities.

“Britain is facing a chronic shortage of new engineers and technologists, with double the current numbers of graduates and apprentices needed to meet demand. Robot Day is a fantastic way for young people and their influential people in their lives to find out more about how engineering makes the world a better place. Engineering, like the arts, touches everything we do and the new partnership with QUAD is a powerful way to showcase the essential interplay between the two”,
explains Stephen Powley, IET, (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Schools Liaison Officer for Derbyshire.

Robot Day 2018 takes place in QUAD on Saturday 17th March, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The event is free, drop in and suitable for all ages. Last year’s event attracted 850 visitors, and even more are expected this year. For more information see here

In advance of Robot Day, QUAD will be holding two ‘Build a ‘Bot’ workshops in February. Working with Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) engineers, the STEM focused workshops, for families and young people, offer a chance to build and code a drag race robot. Working as a team, participants can create a working robot to keep and enter the Robot Day 2018 competition event in QUAD on 17th March. Teams will also have the option to upgrade their robots in their own time after the workshop to compete in other challenges. No previous experience is required.  

There will be two ‘Build a ‘Bot’ workshops, one on 17th February for families and friends with children between seven and twelve years, the second workshop on 24th February is aimed at young people aged twelve to sixteen years without adults. ‘Build a ‘Bot’ workshops take place in QUAD on 17th and 24th February from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the cost is £7.50 per person and booking is essential. For more information see here

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working to “Engineer a Better World” by inspiring, informing and influencing all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers. The IET is Europe’s largest professional organisation in the field and is dedicated to introducing a new generation to the sheer excitement of science, technology and engineering.  STEM skills including computing and design & technology (D&T) are hugely important for hundreds of different careers, if not every career in some way. The UK needs more young people – particularly girls - to study and take part in opportunities involving these topics so they can make an informed choice and consider STEM as a career option in the future.  IET Education 5-19 team runs an education service aimed at supporting partnership organisations in the provision of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) resources and experiences for both teachers, students and parents across the UK.

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that features a range of fascinating, entertaining and engaging national, regional and local events across the UK. https://www.britishscienceweek.org/