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ROBOTICS SUCCESS

Congratulations to team “KOALA-T”, “Neptunes Angels” and “Anonymous” from Braidhurst High School for winning the regional championships and the Judges Award in the VEX Turning point Challenge. This year’s competition was held at New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell Campus) with Teams from North Lanarkshire Schools competing against each other for an “alliance place” in the UK regional finals in Tedford.

The Vex Robotics Challenge is the World’s Largest and Fastest-Growing Robotics Competition for High Schools, Colleges and Universities. In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

Tournaments are held at regional, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April. The club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4. Currently the school’s STEM club has 21 members including three S5 female students, STEM ambassadors who have taken on the commitment to support the younger less experienced members.

DRAGON’S LAIR

The Dragon’s Lair final was held on Tuesday 13th November in the Antrium Centre in Coatbridge and out of 6 finalists Braidhurst were represented by 2 teams. Entrepreneurs  for ‘Educate Me’ were Finlay Anderson, Iona Eldhose and Rebecca Nevans  who designed an app to educate children in all aspects of their learning by providing additional support and skills to improve their knowledge and understanding of a subject.  The app would also include video tutorials, timetable, planners, games and prompters. Supernova – Solar Mower entrepreneurs were Ellie Anderson, Ryan Murray and Robbie Tollan who designed a new and improved lawn mower powered by solar energy to combat global warming by depending on reusable energy instead of using fossil fuel. The pupils attended an Information Day where they were advised on the completion of their business plan.  This was submitted 2 weeks later and marked by one of Business Gateway’s Business Advisors.  Out of 19 submissions, Braidhurst was overwhelmed to have 2 teams in the final. After selection, the pupils attended a briefing day regarding their presentation to the Dragon’s and had one week to prepare their pitch.  On the day, the pupils excelled in their presentation skills and dared to enter the dragon’s den for 5 minutes of questions. Although both teams were unsuccessful in winning the title, they were complimented on the exceptionally high standard of their business plans and presentation skills.

MEETING THE DIGITAL CHALLENGE

Pictured are the S2 cohort from the school’s “STEM” elective. The elective has just received the first batch of, “state of the art, STEM V5, autonomous equipment to make artificial intelligence (A.I) systems.

The elective classes are embedded into the school curriculum, promoting in both S1 and S2 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical), to ensure the schools broad general education (BGE) offers personalisation, choice, relevance and enjoyment. Both the elective and the award-winning Robotics club are organised by Mr. Hussain of the science department. Mr. Hussain commented that, “we at Braidhurst are committed to meeting the needs of the individual by being creative and providing them with the opportunity to develop skills they will need in the world of work, and this year the link between the elective and the extracurricular robotics club will be fused and it is hoped that the success of one will foster the success of the other”.

An emphasis has also been put on encouraging girls into STEM subjects and Mr. Hussain has signed up the Girl power pledge, #GirlPowerd. Mr. Hussain commented that “the theme of the initiative is to show how exciting it is to be involved with STEM, showcasing examples of how women are changing the world, providing tools for success, and enabling comfortable environments where all students’ confidence and abilities can flourish.”

DIGITAL EXPLORERS

Senior students from Braidhurst High School attended the Digital Explorers, an event organised by, TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and EDT (Engineering Development Trust). The program was hosted by Tess Gallacher the Schools Programme Officer for EDT and was designed to introduce pupils to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Braidhurst High is a center of excellence in the delivery of STEM, via its award-winning Robotics club and the embedded S1, S2 technology elective.

During the event the students took part in STEM related themes namely “The Internet of Things”, “Artificial Intelligence” (A.I.), “Crypto-Currencies” such as Bit-coin and other emerging technologies.

The Braidhurst High Students held structured debates and considered multiple points of views about how they can equip themselves to become future employees in STEM companies. They will now be able to relate their own skills and interests to existing and future careers in the fast-moving sectors of tech.  As senior students the event highlighted to all the rapid growth and breadth of opportunities in the tech sector in Scotland and they realised the industry values in a STEM employee.

DRAGON’S LAIR

A group of S3 pupils recently attended the ‘Dragon’s Lair’ competition hosted by the Business Gateway at the Atrium Centre in Coatbridge. The pupils were bidding to win the prestigious Dragon’s Lair award for their business innovation, planning and marketing by submitting a business plan on their idea.  Good luck to all the pupils involved.

Visit to Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Braidhurst High School robotics club have, by special invitation visited a global leader in technology, namely ,Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), situated in Erskine. The vast 100,000 sq.ft complex is a hub for the company’s refurbishment of IT technology, for example laptops, printers and large servers. Housed within this complex are a number of HPE companies that the club were engaged with.

The visit started with a tour to the 0% waste, IT equipment section run by DXC, then it was on to the high tech world of “app” development by Micro Focus International who are a HPE global enterprise software company.

The host for the day was Mr.Scott McNee who took the club members initially on a tour of the DXC Green engineering, renewal and refurbishment site and then the members were given a workshop by the “app” development team.

After Lunch it was the clubs turn to showcase their award winning robotics team to the directors of the various HPE subsidiaries. After the visit Scott contacted the school to say thank you for bringing such an inspiring group of young people along to HPE.

He commented that in his conversations with the club members, that the visit has had a positive influence on them and broadened their career horizons. Scott’s final remarks in his correspondence were, that Braidhurst High School should be very proud of these young STEM ambassadors. In his opinion it demonstrates what can be achieved when such an enthusiastic team of teachers / influencers give these opportunities to pupils. Scott commented that “They were an absolute credit to both yourselves and the school and it was a pleasure to host you all today”.