This week: Final of UK robotics competition, Knife attacks in Camden.
CSG team heads to final of UK robotics competition
A group of year 7 and 8 students has been selected to compete in the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. As a winner in the England heat, they will go head to head with teams from across the country at The Big Bang Fair on Friday 16 March 2018.
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair (14-17 March 2018) is the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information.
The winning team of students (Charlotte, Saskia, Lola, Sadaf, Olivia, Violet, Annabel, Leah and Nell) built, programmed and controlled LEGO robots for a series of ‘aviation missions’, which was set and judged by the RAF to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Students also had to research, design and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem faced by STEM professionals in the aviation industry. Our team produced a book documenting how robots have been used to assist countries with disaster recovery missions. We will publish the findings from this over the forthcoming weeks in the Friday news.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces student teams to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges. The challenge aims to help students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.
Research from EngineeringUK, who run the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, shows that communicating engineering careers to young people is vital for the future of the British economy.
EngineeringUK’s Chief Executive, Mark Titterington, said: “In order to meet the country’s demand for engineers we need to inspire more young people to consider a career in the industry.
“Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aims to help young people from all backgrounds understand the variety, excitement and opportunity presented by an engineering career.”
Knife attacks in Camden
It was with great sadness that we heard of the terrible knife attacks in Camden last Tuesday evening, which left two young men dead and one injured. We know that the victims were friends with some of our students and there are family connections as well.
We reflected on this senseless loss of life in school this week, and spent some time thinking about the victims, who were about to embark on their adult lives, and about their friends and families who are grieving at this sorrowful time.
On Wednesday we received the following message from Nicholas Davies, Borough Commander for Camden and Islington:
“Last night two young men were fatally stabbed in Camden in two separate incidents.
It is appalling and deeply sad that these two young people have lost their lives in these circumstances, in the very midst of our communities. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and everyone who knew these young men. Camden Police are providing specialist support to the families of the victims.
We want to reassure every Camden resident that the safety of our communities is our highest priority and we are directing all of our attention and resources to keep you safe.
Today and over the coming days you will see extra police officers on the ground in the Kentish Town area, providing 24-hour patrols. Additional police officers will be providing reassurance to the community, schools and youth centres.
The Metropolitan Police continue to make urgent enquiries to establish the full circumstances and identify if there are any links between the two incidents. We encourage anyone who has information about the incidents or ongoing concerns to make contact with us as follows:
- If anyone is in danger call 999.
- Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, is urged to call officers via 101. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.
- If you have concerns about community tensions please contact us via 020 7974 4444 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The safety of our young people and the need to tackle the long-term causes of youth violence in Camden is our absolute priority. We have recently set up a Youth Safety Taskforce which will examine patterns of youth violence in Camden, assess the provision of youth services in Camden and see what we can learn from initiatives in other cities.
We are absolutely committed to reducing youth violence so that everyone in our community can be kept safe, and will continue to work together and with you, our communities, to achieve this."
Nicholas Davies, Borough Commander for Camden and Islington
Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn & St Pancras