Students set for tech challenge

Bradford College

Bradford College students will be taking part in a regional technology challenge aimed at using robotics to help people with physical and sensory impairments.

The Premier Farnell Technology Challenge is a collaboration between Leeds-based electronics distributor Premier Farnell, Leeds Beckett University and the Ahead Partnership.

The Bradford College team will compete against groups from 15 other schools in the Yorkshire region to design a piece of ‘assistive technology’ using a Raspberry Pi micro computer as the base.

Participating students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops hosted by the university, before presenting their final designs to a panel of judges.

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice at the regional final, which is due to take place in early December. 

The challenge aims to encourage students to explore career opportunities in digital and tech, an industry which is projected for 15% growth in the West Yorkshire region over the next ten years.

"As a global technology business based in Leeds, we are committed to introducing the next generation to technology and the opportunities that it presents" said Steve Carr, Global Head of Marketing for Premier Farnell.

"And where best to start than here in the West Yorkshire region? I'm excited to see the ideas that the students come up with."