Pupils Lego of their in­hi­bi­tions to build a ‘driver­less’ pod

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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.

Pic­tures: Alis­tair Wil­son. Ref: RS161539

Driver­less pods rac­ing at Sun­bury Manor.

Heathrow Di­rec­tor of Strat­egy Emma Gilthorpe with pupils Alisha, Aimee, Rox­anne and Kayleigh.

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