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Programmes for Scottish Schools

Communities of Innovation

Programmes for Scottish Schools

As the world of work changes, we are aware that secondary school students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors are interested in what future careers will offer, therefore we offer specially designed school sessions to support new thinking.

Innovation and the Future of Work Sessions

Since December 2018 RGU has had a vibrant outreach programme aimed a secondary schools in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. By June 2019 over 1600 school children had participated in interactive lectures, mostly 5th and 6th form students  as well specific sessions for school teachers and for guidance counsellors. A thought-provoking look at the future of innovation, work and careers, this interactive lecture examines the potential changes that will occur over the next twenty years.

We ask students: will future workers have multiple careers perhaps at the same time? Will 20th century concepts like an eight-hour, five-day working week still exist? Will retirement be a viable option for most people? How will fourth industrial revolution technologies affect what jobs will still exist? And how does the wider world of innovation & entrepreneurial thinking and learning fit into this future?

Work in a school and want to know how to book one of these free sessions? Contact

Scottish ROV Competition

MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 36 (and growing!) regional contests that take place across the United States and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Egypt, China, Russia, Turkey, and Bermuda. The competition is about student learning: it is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply physics, math, and electronics and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solve problems from the marine sector. Mentors (teachers, parent, working professionals) are expected to limit their input to educational and inspirational roles, and encouraged to focus on the benefits of the learning process.

The specific tasks for the 2018 challenge included - locating the wreckage of a vintage airplane and returning its engine to the surface; installing or recovering a seismometer; and installing a tidal turbine and instrumentation to monitor the environment. To date, Scottish MATE ROV programme has worked with more than 500 pupils from over 40 schools over the past 11 years.

This major Innovation and STEM initiative aims to inspire future engineers through hands-on experience of designing (ROVs) used underwater in the oil and gas, defence, oceanology and marine renewables industries. It is one of 30 regional heats held around the world by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in California. In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges. BP North Sea have been a major sponsor of the competition since its launch, as well as support from Subsea UK, ROVOP with Hamlyns Oats having signed up as a new sponsor in 2018.

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