RS Components (RS) will be the headline sponsor of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) FIRST LEGO League INTO ORBIT 2018/19 season in the UK and Ireland.
FIRST LEGO League is a global science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition attracting 35,000 teams in 90 countries, which challenges 6- to 16-year-olds to solve real-world problems with the help of a robot.
Teams of up to 10 students, supported by an adult mentor, are required to show skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication, with space exploration as the theme. RS’ support, through the IET, will enable an additional 20 schools from disadvantaged areas in the UK to participate in this exciting STEM experience.
“Interesting and fun initiatives like the FIRST LEGO League are a great way to introduce children to engineering, and highlight the creative aspects of the profession,” commented Lindsley Ruth, CEO of Electrocomponents, the parent company of RS.
“With every initiative we support, it is our aim to inspire more and more schoolchildren toward choosing STEM subjects and pursuing a career in engineering, with the end goal of reducing the skills gap we have in the industry.”
Over recent years, RS has invested in many projects aimed at inspiring young engineers and is a member of the stakeholder advisory board for the UK government’s Year of Engineering 2018.
“The Year of Engineering is a unique opportunity for the government, industry and education to unite and to reinforce the message that the UK’s future as a global technology leader lies in inspiring and nurturing engineering skills among the nation’s young people,” added Lindsley Ruth.