STEM careers spotlight: Gaming robots wow visitors at school’s STEM careers event

200 students joined employers to discuss career possibilities in the science, technology, engineering and maths sectors

Reach Robotics gave a display of Mekamon, a gaming system featuring four-legged battle robots that combine robotics, augmented reality and immersive play. 16 companies attended the event at Thornton College near Buckingham to meet students and discuss opportunities and job roles available. Representatives from local employers KPMG, Mercedes-Benz, Unilever, accountancy body ICAEW, Leica Geosystems, Vodafone and Renault F1 were in attendance.

Reach’s founder and chief executive Silas Adekunle said that Mekamon’s goal was to entertain, but also to be used as a tool for STEM education and future robotics.

Adekunle was inspired to set up Reach Robotics by coding courses he took while at school, he added.

Reach Robotics PR manager Megan King said: “It was amazing to engage with so many passionate students. Education is central to the Reach Robotics brand ethos and it has been so valuable to showcase our new education offering here.”

Thornton College’s employment and enterprise adviser Jo Scott said: “It was brilliant to see the students so engaged and gave so many the opportunity to find out more about jobs in the creative and innovative STEM sector.”

Milton Keynes is the fastest growing start-up economy in the UK and the college is committed to hosting regular events to inspire students’ interest in the science and technology sectors, she added.

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