Science fiction becomes science fact

15 March 2013

A legion of robots are about to attempt to lure a generation of young people to change their direction in life

It is happening at the Big Bang Fair at London’s Excel Centre this weekend (March 16/17).

Sector Skills Council, Semta – is recruiting the ‘bots’ to fire up the imaginations of tens of thousands of youngsters and set them on the path to equipping them with a career in science, engineering and technology.

They will get a real ‘hands on’ experience at the four-day event, dedicated to showcasing the myriad of opportunities and vacancies that need filling.

Sarah Sillars, OBE, - CEO of Semta, said that the sector aims to throw off its oil covered image and demonstrate just how exciting a career in science and engineering can be.

“We have to inspire and unlock imaginations,” said Sarah “science and engineering is all about the future of our nation – the future of our species.  Our robots are reaching out to the next generation of scientists and engineers and help put them on the right path.

“Semta – is offering earning and learning – World class qualifications and World class careers.”

The robots – supplied by Vex Robots - have played a pivotal part in the UK team selection tasks for the forthcoming World Skills competition which comes to a climax this summer in Germany.

Semta has pledged to double the number of skilled young engineers entering the work place in the next three years – to help plug the skill gap which is threatening the UK’s economic recovery.

Visitors will get the chance to interact with the high-tech and take Semta’s Engineering Challenge and see if they have got what it takes!

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