A group of local manufacturers and engineers went back to basics when they were introduced to new LEGO kits at a manufacturers breakfast meeting in Hastings Museum last week, hosted by Locate East Sussex.
LEGO - but with a difference, they were introduced to the museum’s newest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education resource after the latest presentations and business news within East Sussex.
These skills are in such demand and the LEGO workshops will spark the interest of the designers and engineers of the futurePhilip JohnsonProgramme Director
The manufacturers played around with the WeDo 2.0 robotics kits, which combine LEGO bricks and smart technology to make programmable mini machines. Their engineering skills were tested, but in the end, they all succeeded in coding their LEGO creations to start and stop using motion sensors.
These kits are available as a teaching resource this autumn for all local schools with free workshops being run at Hastings Museum. These workshops include Introduction to Programming, Code Making and Code Breaking and Forces and Friction. Students can get a taste of engineering and coding- they might even like it enough to consider it as a future career.
Philip Johnson of Locate East Sussex commented: “What an amazing way for students of all ages to get an understanding of what’s involved in designing and working collaboratively in teams. These skills are in such demand and the LEGO workshops will spark the interest of the designers and engineers of the future.”
The LEGO kits are great fun and present engineering and coding in a fun way. Our local engineering and manufacturing firms need skilled engineers and LEGO offers a fantastic introduction to what could become a lifelong passion.Kim Forward Lead councillor for regeneration
Locate East Sussex would like to hear from companies who would like to participate in future manufacturing forum sessions. For more info, contact Jim Fletcher.