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Helenswood build a self-driving robot for General Dynamics' Engineering Education Scheme

Savvy scientists and excellent engineers at Helenswood have been putting their skills to the test – by building a self-driving robot.

Helenswood Academy Sixth Form students worked with Hastings-based company General Dynamics UK to build the robot.

Six Helenswood A level students were tasked with designing, manufacturing and testing a motorised vehicle which could detect obstacles independently and warn the user, before presenting the finished project to General Dynamics.

The project was part of General Dynamics’ Engineering Education Scheme, which helps students experience careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Graeme Hunter, Head of Science at Helenswood Academy, said: “What was really amazing about the Engineering Education Scheme was that it gave science students a practical understanding of how to apply what they’ve been studying to real-life engineering problems.

“Having that experience of working with a big engineering company like General Dynamics will give them a real edge in their university applications and when they go into the world of work.”