The 2018 Heathrow Secondary School challenge is an exciting series of events held each year to give local students a chance to try their hand at coding robotic vehicles while learning important STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) for their futures. West London College students took a closer look at the challenge recently and have produced this video explaining more about what it’s about.
The Heathrow Secondary School Challenge is a series of half-day workshops delivered to Year 8 students (12-13 years old) in schools in the 5 boroughs around the airport.
Working in small groups, students will build a ‘Pod’ – our Personal Rapid Transport system that provides transport between the car parks and Terminal 5.Students will use coding to programme their Pod to travel a certain route – finishing with an exciting race off with other teams.
The challenge provides an enjoyable way for young people to explore their enterprise skills, develop social and personal skills, encourage team working, and build communications skills. In 2017, over 2,800 local young people took part in the Challenge from 18 secondary schools.
In this video, a Heathrow volunteer, Andrew, talks about supporting students in the Secondary School Challenge at Featherstone High School in Ealing.
More about Heathrow’s work in the Community
The Secondary School Challenge is just a small part of Heathrow’s much larger Community Investment Programme. The below infographic explains the programme in more detail.