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News: VR worlds and a humanoid robot have arrived at Not­ting­ham College!

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l-r Engineering students Fiorella Di Marco, Anna Maroz and Kojo Amuzu get to know the NAO robot in the STEM Centre
l-r Engineering students Fiorella Di Marco, Anna Maroz and Kojo Amuzu get to know the NAO robot in the STEM Centre

​Thousands of young people across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will be now able to explore virtual reality worlds, get stuck in with robotics, and experiment with 3D printing, thanks to a new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) Centre at Nottingham College.

The new resource aims to raise aspi­ra­tions around fur­ther and high­er edu­ca­tion and careers in STEM, but also to show how these skills can be a lot of fun and ben­e­fit us all.

The STEM Cen­tre is locat­ed at Not­ting­ham Col­lege High­fields cam­pus in Not­ting­ham Sci­ence Park, home to the College’s Engi­neer­ing department. 

The state-of-the-art facil­i­ty has been made a real­i­ty thanks to the Der­byshire and Not­ting­hamshire Col­lab­o­ra­tive Out­reach Pro­gramme (DAN­COP). DAN­COP is a part­ner­ship of uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges work­ing togeth­er to raise the aspi­ra­tions of young peo­ple and sup­port them to con­sid­er their futures, as part of a nation­al gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to increase the num­ber of young peo­ple from under­rep­re­sent­ed groups who go into high­er education.

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Nottingham College Highfields campus

After the offi­cial launch on 18 Jan­u­ary, the DAN­COP Not­ting­ham Col­lege STEM Cen­tre will then be avail­able for school groups to book ses­sions for their pupils, and stu­dents from across dif­fer­ent areas of Not­ting­ham Col­lege will also have chance to find out how STEM skills can ben­e­fit us all.

Work­shops at the STEM Cen­tre will be deliv­ered by indus­try experts and STEM ambas­sadors, using inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy such as: NAO humanoid robot, LEGO Mind­storm (for cre­at­ing robots), Shr3d It machine (for shred­ding plas­tic to be put through a spe­cial extrud­er to recy­cle it for 3D print­ing), and lots more. Hands-on sci­ence exper­i­ments and elec­tron­ics activ­i­ties will also be available. 

We’re delight­ed to be able to wel­come so many local young peo­ple to the Col­lege to explore STEM sub­jects. It’s also a valu­able resource for our own Engi­neer­ing stu­dents here at High­fields, as they’re access­ing the lat­est inno­va­tions along with their fel­low stu­dents from across dif­fer­ent sub­ject areas. 

Gavin Var­ley — Head of Fac­ul­ty for Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­o­gy at Not­ting­ham College
Group of students smiling stood around a robot, with one holding its hand
l-r Engineering students Nelson Sanchez, Anna Maroz and Kojo Amuzu, with the NAO robot and Georgia Boichi-Giovarni, DANCOP STEM Skills Trainer at Nottingham College.

It’s our mis­sion to give more young peo­ple access to resources and knowl­edge to help raise their aspi­ra­tions, so they can choose the future path that allows them to reach their full poten­tial. The STEM Cen­tre is help­ing us to do just that and to reach more young peo­ple across Not­ting­hamshire and Derbyshire. 

Zan­na Mitchell — DAN­COP Project Lead at Not­ting­ham College

The first major event for the DAN­COP Not­ting­ham Col­lege STEM Cen­tre will be Big Bang, a sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy day for local schools who have booked to bring near­ly 300 pupils along on Fri­day 25 Jan­u­ary. This event has been organ­ised as part of the Big Bang Near Me ini­tia­tive, which is lead by Engi­neeringUK, a not-for-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion that works in part­ner­ship with the engi­neer­ing com­mu­ni­ty to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.

Schools who are inter­est­ed in find­ing out more about the STEM Cen­tre, or book­ing a ses­sion for their pupils, can find more:

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  • 17th January 2019 (5:14 PM)
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