First Ever Robotics Week Planned for UK in 2016
With the rising popularity of robots and robotic engineering, the UK is set to hold their first ever Robotics Week in mid 2016, aiming to attract and inspire the next generation of engineers to get involved through a series of events and competitions.
As avid fans of the engineering industry, we’ve decided to take a look at what the introduction of this robotic-themed week means for engineering, and find out how they are aiming to target the young people of today.
The Future of Robotics
We’ve already started to see the demand for more robotic technology and it is expected that that demand will rise even further by the year 2020, with predictions of the service and industrial robot markets reaching $49.5 billion in just 5 years time.
Many industries are expected to start relying on their robotic counterparts to carry out complex tasks in a shorter amount of time, making their industries much more productive, as well as helping to produce more innovative inventions and designs.
The Inaugural Robotics Week
The creation of this celebratory week of robotics has been backed by some of the largest names in science and engineering.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have all pledged backing of the event, hoping that more young people are inspired and compelled to take up a career in such a competitive yet satisfying industry.
Professor Dame Ann Dowling, the president of the Royal Academy of Engineering has stated that “The UK needs to recruit over a million engineers over the next decade to deliver the technology solutions that will drive economic growth and transform our quality of life”
“The launch of an annual UK Robotics Week is an exciting way of broadening public engagement in the beneficial impact of robotics for the future of the UK.”
Getting Young People Involved
The backers are encouraging schools all over the UK to get involved with their main events- the School Robot Challenge in which children aged from 4-17 will be able to submit artwork and essays which are based upon bio-inspired robots, and will also have the chance to design and build their very own bug robots using 3D printing and robot kits.
There will also be other events happening throughout the UK, with showcases and events where experts and competition finalists can present their robotic projects to the world.
The Robotics Week project is expected to become an annual event, getting more people involved in science, technology, engineering and maths related industries to help build the inevitable, technology-filled future of the UK.
The event is scheduled for the 25th of June to the 1st of July 2016, and we can’t wait to see some of the fantastic engineering feats that have been accomplished by some of the most talented individuals in the UK.
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