SUBS in Schools is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programme where students have the opportunity to learn about complex engineering systems while building a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Exploring New Depths in STEM
Engineering in Motion, in association with the Royal Navy and a number of marine industry stakeholders have introduced the SUBS in Schools programme, challenging school students to build and control an underwater vehicle, inspiring passion for STEM and marine engineering.
Why introduce SUBS in Schools
Activity Based on Action Learning
- Promotes student involvement with industry role models
- An alternative learning methodology for skills development in schools
- Increase the number of students taking up STEM based careers in support of satisfying the skills requirement of large-scale Engineering programmes
- Facilitate technology transfer from industry to schools and the community, encouraging interaction and collaboration
- Use the power of role models to guide and support our youth in the process of career development
- Ensure that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics becomes a part of the everyday language of students
- A project containing “cool” elements that attract student interest
About SUBS in Schools
SUBS in Schools was founded in Australia by Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA), in association with the Australian Department of Defence and a number of industry stakeholders. SUBS in Schools is a high-level STEM project where students have the opportunity to learn about complex Engineering Systems and build an operational Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
The competition is for teams of six students, with the Scotland pilot year introducing the Development Class which is open to year groups S1-S3, ages 12 – 14. The students will develop their ROV and compete at a National Final in April 2020.
The complete programme offers four levels of competition, with increasing levels of complexity and ultimately, the design and build of a working model submersible. Each level is designed to help students to explore scientific, engineering, materials and manufacturing techniques. Underlying these activities is an ethos of developing employability skills in students which will aid their future careers. The skills include communication, collaboration, teamwork and entrepreneurship, all of which are highly sought after by industry and invaluable in business environments.