Queen’s Park Community School wins £3k worth of electronics teaching gear

Queens Park School wins electronics prize

Queens Park School wins electronics prize - Credit: Archant

A secondary school in Brent has been selected to receive £3,000 worth of electronics teaching equipment after winning a nationwide competition.

Queens Park Community School (QPCS) in Aylestone Avenue t is one of just only 25 schools across the UK to receive of the new Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 STEM system as part of a pilot of the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP).

The equipment allows students to build and program a fully functioning robot in a single 45-minute class period.

In making their decision, the judges prioritised schools that would benefit most from the new resources, and considered how enthusiastic the school was and how much community support had been shown for the application.

More than 100 students helped in the school’s bid to secure the coveted prize.

They were involved in making the QPCS video bid, which attracted attention on YouTube, the EEP page and the school website.

The school also promoted their cause on social media sites to rally the support of parents and the local community.

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The new gear will further the quality of the already popular engineering course as well as the robotics extracurricular club according to Shayan Akhgar, IT and engineering teacher at the school.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our school,” he said.

“Not only will the resources boost our Engineering curriculum, it will help create engaging activities for students, giving them the opportunity to learn about engineering as a career path.”

Students will use the LEGO® resources to build sophisticated programmable robots to compete against others at regional and national contests.

Cosmo York, a year eight student, is excited about the prospect of furthering his knowledge.

He said: “I find it interesting to explore different ways to solve real life problems using creativity, maths and science. “

Engineering is a career I might look at for the future so I am really excited to use the new LEGO equipment that we have won.”