Press Releases 2017

UWTSD's Alex Design Centre to host Headstart Cymru robotics event


Students from across Wales will be challenged with designing robots to assist people with everyday tasks, health and wellbeing as a part of Headstart Cymru.

The event, which takes place at the Alex Design Centre from September 13 to 15 is being organised by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art in collaboration with Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) and design software company Autodesk.

Headstart Cymru provides an opportunity for students in Year 12 to spend three days at university prior to making their UCAS application. It is a residential school where students stay in typical undergraduate accommodation at the university, attending exciting short courses which provide an insight into degree level design disciplines. Courses are designed to give students a real taste of what it is like to study design at university and it allows them to learn software skills and presentation techniques that will help them with their A level studies.

During the challenge, which has been run by UWTSD for the past 3 years, students will be given training in 3D computer design software Fusion360 by Autodesk. Sessions will include robotics and coding workshops along with concept design and CAD development, with presentations, prizes and certificates at the end of the course. 

It is anticipated the students will then continue to collaborate and work on their projects beyond this initial workshop – through cloud based collaboration and additional return workshops at the University’s Alex Design Centre to produce prototypes using 3D printers and CNC machines with Autodesk support.

The students will work in teams and will be supported by lecturers and student ambassadors. They will be able to use real modelling and computer aided modelling in Fusion360 to develop their ideas. On the final day, the students will present their design proposals to a judging panel consisting of senior Faculty design staff, including Professors Ian Walsh, Dean of Faculty, and Ross Head, Director of the Cerebra Innovation Centre.

Dr Sean Jenkins, Head of Design and Applied Arts within the Swansea College of Art at UWTSD said: “The aims of Headstart Cymru match that of UWTSD. Inclusivity is one of our core values and we champion learning without barriers, widening participation within Higher Education and presenting it as an option to those who may not have considered University. Projects like this add value to the learning experience and create enthusiasm within students, demonstrating the many exciting careers that are available to creative young people who are passionate about the future and designing the world we live in.”

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