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Wednesday 15th February, 2017

A 35-tonne truck filled with robots and gadgets will roll into Wigan this week with one goal: to inspire the future generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) experts.

Pupils from four lucky schools will be boarding the truck in Wigan town centre on Friday 17th February where they’ll be greeted with the latest tools in digital innovation including a robotic arm, a Raspberry Pi controlled greenhouse and 3D printers.

Wigan Council, winner of Digital Leaders’ ‘Digital Council of the Year’, is working with RS Components to deliver the event. RS Components is currently touring Northern and Central Europe showcasing the latest products in digital innovation.

Pupils will be treated to a series of interactive display zones highlighting the breadth of engineering disciplines and will also have a go at 3D printing. The aim is to get them excited about engineering to encourage them to consider a career in STEM.

Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to get this truck to Wigan and I can’t wait to see the pupils’ reactions. STEM subjects are really important and offer fantastic careers. Unfortunately there’s not much gender diversity in the field with research showing that girls tend to have negative views on STEM careers. I hope this event."

Alison Hutchings, Assistant Global Category Manager - 3D Printing, said: “The future of engineering in the UK is wholly reliant on inspiring tomorrow’s engineers. Events like this that aim to influence the uptake of STEM subjects are essential to that mission.”

Paul Croft, Director at Ultimaker GB and Founder of CREATE Education Project:

“This has been a great opportunity to provide our local area with a chance to see and get hands on with cutting edge technology used in classrooms and in industry. It can inspire young people into STEM careers and give a real insight into how technology is advancing. We believe a key part in people developing 21st century skills is through having access to the technology. By collaborating with Wigan Council & RS Components we aim to make this possible for the people of the local area and we will continue to offer support to the schools and community groups via our open source CREATE Education Project.”

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