Ploughing through STEM opportunities at Harper Adams Uni

Ploughing through STEM opportunities at Harper Adams University.

Harper Adams 2017 Handsfree Hectare

Image: The first autonomous Systems Engineer Martin Bell at Harper Adams University (on the right)

Agriculture and it’s hands free¬†autonomous innovative technology was brought to the forefront of a The Big Bang “Getahead” event held at Harper Adams University on the 5th July 2017. Funded by Higher Horizons and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) the event brought together leading STEM business experts to showcase science, technology, engineering and maths to students brought to the event from schools around the region.

A whole host of STEM learning

A whole host of learning was on hand for students to interact with including workshops run by Harper Adams University professionals. Exploration in entomology, river ecology, food hygiene, robotics and water pipeline discovery led the day with students touring the grounds. Activities ranging from learning how a chartered surveyor would plot out pipeline routes, discovering hidden hand bacteria and a robotics treasure hunt, saw use of a Arduino microcontroller with a GPS receiver to check coordinates in order to challenge students to find their way back to base.

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A wealth of exhibitors made the day

Fuze coding and immersive experiences once again supported the day with their fabulous workshops opening students eyes to technology of the future. It was great to see an art flavor being added to the event with Chester University leaving students creatively engaged in their drama workshop.

As well as a wealth of workshops and shows the event included many exhibitors on hand to give first hand career advice in a range of industries. JCB offered apprenticeship advice with their current students giving personal experiences on course options and the skills available to learn. Shropshire 3D print inspired students with knowledge on additive manufacturing and showed us all how 3D printing is our future.

Harper Adams 2017 JCB Getahead

Image: Stuart Harper from JCB Traning Scheme

Further exhibits from Festo, Epson, Rotary Technology and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, to name just a few added an abundance of career pathway options to be explored. The whole event was a huge success and we hope this Telford event with be an annual part of the STEM calendar.

Check out #TBBGetAhead on twitter to see some of the action of the day.

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