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Global Underwater Hub Competition

Teams of 13-14 year old students around the UK will design and build an underwater robot, and winners of the regional heats attend the final in Aberdeen!

Global Underwater Hub Competition

Global Underwater Hub is supporting this STEM Challenge, where teams of six students aged 13-14 will work together on an exciting underwater-themed project.

Teams around the UK will design and build an underwater robot, then code it to follow a route, with a focus on exploring how plastics impact the underwater ecosystem. Using Lego, students will work together and develop their team building skills to create their own underwater robot or Remote Operated Vehicles from scratch!

Teams can attend 5 regional heats:

  • Southampton (26 March 2024)
  • Bristol (28 March 2024)
  • Inverness (30 Apr 2024)
  • Glasgow (2 May 2024)
  • Blyth (21 May 2024)

Students must be able to get themselves to the regional venue at their own cost by 9.30am.

The winning teams from each region will then come together to compete at the National Final in Aberdeen (date and location TBC), with travel and accommodation expenses paid for that trip to the final.

This is an incredible opportunity to energise your students about STEM subjects with the chance of a trip to Aberdeen for successful teams!

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

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