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Internal News - 24 November 2006

Lego robotics challenge

Over 700 local children aged 10 - 16 will be visiting the University on Monday 27 November for the annual Lego robotics challenge.

This year, children from over 70 schools from the South West region have designed robots that, when scaled down, could carry out missions in the nano-world; one nanometre being 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a single strand of hair.

The challenges facing their robots include testing stain-resistant fabric, targeting medicine to reach only diseased cells and operating a space-elevator, to mention but a few.

The children will also prepare a research presentation about the science of nanotechnology.

The event is organised by Wessex SETpoint which is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University and promotes science, maths, engineering and technology to young people through a variety of regional and local activities.

The competition is sponsored by the South West RDA Advanced Engineering Skills Project and supported by 25 local companies. This event will be presented by well-known TV personalities, the CBBC star Anne Foy and the international wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan.

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