College students showcase skiing robots at Ecobuild 2017

A group of Year 12 students from East London will attend Ecobuild 2017 to showcase a skiing robot they designed on a recent trip organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

NAO, the skiing robot
NAO, the skiing robot

In January 2017, the students, Raigeda Bernotaite, Keisha Rodony Canut, Alfie Mosely, and Tadas Sadauskas, who attend the London Design and Engineering University Technical College (LDEUTC), took part in an ICE-sponsored school ski trip, which incorporated a unique engineering challenge, in the Italian Alps. The students worked together to 'teach' five humanoid robots, known as 'NAO', to ski. They were responsible for designing and 3D-printing some of the bindings, as well as programming the robots.

As a result of their success, the ICE has invited the students to present at a dedicated session on 'Future Engineers' at the Ecobuild conference. The students will display their robots and discuss their recent hands-on experience with robot technology.

Nathan Baker, Director, Engineering Knowledge at ICE said: 'At Ecobuild 2017, we'll be leading a critical discussion on the UK's infrastructure requirements and challenges over the next 30 years, based on our National Needs Assessment report, so it's fitting to introduce some members of the next generation of engineering talent.

'Through the ICE ski trips, we have sought to introduce young people to engineering in a practical and enjoyable way, encourage the take-up of science, technology and maths subjects, and promote engineering as a career. We congratulate the LDEUTC students on their achievements on the trip and look forward to continuing to support them and other young engineers in the future.'

Geoffrey Fowler, CEO and Principal at the LDEUTC, said: 'The students have come back with not only engineering skills, but the communication, teamwork, and collaboration skills that together make them stronger candidates for employment when they leave our school. This ski trip was an excellent collaboration between the ICE and LDEUTC, using the latest technology in a wonderful environment where the students didn't just learn but had fun too.'

Background information on the ‘ICE & Snow’ ski trips can be found at: www.ice.org.uk/ski

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