Pupils Lego of their inhibitions to build a ‘driverless’ pod
PUPILS from a Sunbury secondary school have built a ‘driverless’ pod out of Lego based on the shuttle used to transfer passengers at Heathrow.
Year 8 students from Sunbury Manor School were amongst 2,600 pupils who took part in an introduction to coding and robotics as part of Heathrow’s Secondary School Challenge.
Taking place from March to May, the challenge visited 14 schools across the boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne.
Now in its seventh year, pupils were taught about coding as part of the Government’s STEM programme, which aims to get more young people to take up science, technology, engineering and maths.
It was based on the 21 driverless ‘pods’ that are used to transport passengers from business car parks to Terminal 5. Working in teams, the pupils built their own pods from Lego, and then programmed them to travel a set route. The challenge finished with a pod race off between teams.
Stuart Birrell, Heathrow chief information officer, said: “Investing in key skills such as coding through schemes like our Secondary School Challenge is important to us and the schools we work with. It was great to see such enthusiasm from the pupils to learn new skills as they got to grips with this year’s challenge.
“Hopefully, some of these young people will be inspired to become our engineers of the future.”
The sessions were joined by 141 colleagues from Heathrow who were able to share their experience.
Driverless pods racing at Sunbury Manor.
Heathrow Director of Strategy Emma Gilthorpe with pupils Alisha, Aimee, Roxanne and Kayleigh.