A group of local manufacturers and engineers went back to basics last week using LEGO bricks. Locate East Sussex, the inward investment agency, held a manufacturers’ breakfast meeting at Hastings Museum where they were introduced to the museum’s newest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education resource.

WeDo 2.0 robotics kits use LEGO bricks and smart technology to make programmable mini machines. The participants’ engineering skills were tested, but in the end, they all succeeded in coding their LEGO creations to start and stop.

PICTURE: Cliff Van Coevorden

These and DUPLO kits are available as a teaching resource this autumn for all local schools with free workshops run at Hastings Museum. Students can get a taste of engineering and coding – and might like it enough to consider as a career.

The workshops include Introduction to Programming, Code Making and Code Breaking and Forces and Friction. 

Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration praised the way the LEGO kits present engineering and coding in a fun way, saying: “Our local engineering and manufacturing firms need skilled engineers and LEGO offers a fantastic introduction to what could become a lifelong passion.”

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