Heathrow Airport Secondary School Challenge back in 2019


By Heathrow

Published 20th November 2018

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The Heathrow Secondary School Challenge is back in 2019 and we’re inviting local schools to take part in the coding activity that introduces students to a variety of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)!

What is the Heathrow Secondary School Challenge?

Working in small groups, students will build a Lego ‘Pod’ – our driverless electric vehicles that provide transport between the car parks and Terminal 5. Students will use computer coding to programme their Pod to travel a certain route – finishing with an exciting race off with other teams.

Heathrow’s IT managers, engineering managers, and employee volunteers will support the students in the challenge, which is held at local schools.

The Challenge is for the whole of Year 8. Schools will be allocated a sufficient number of sessions to deliver the programme to your whole year group based on the class sizes provided in their expressions of interest.

What’s a Heathrow POD?

Heathrow’s driverless Pods transfer passengers between Terminal 5 and a business car park using innovative technology.

Operating at Terminal 5 for nearly five years, these zero-emission, battery operated pods have carried more than 1.5 million passengers, and eliminated the need for 700,000 bus journeys and their associated emissions on local roads to the airport.

The 21 driverless Pods can carry up to four passengers and their luggage. The Pods are helping us manage our air quality impacts and meet our sustainability goals.

Who’s invited to take part and how you can get involved?

Secondary schools from Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough, South Buckinghamshire, Spelthorne and Windsor & Maidenhead are invited to take part in the half-day Challenge. The Challenge is designed for Year 8 students.

To get involved, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form by 5pm on 16 November 2018. Places will be allocated on a first come basis and you will receive confirmation by Monday 26 November 2018.


By Heathrow

Published 20th November 2018