Inspiring the next generation on an international scale
In June, Ford Motor Company Material Planning and Logistics employees Darren Bull and Colin Foley travelled to Estonia to be main hosts for the Estonian International Open Championships 2018 for the First LEGO League.
The First LEGO League challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. Guided by adult coaches, teams must research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They must also design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
Both Darren and Colin have been STEM Ambassadors for Ford Motor Company for 11 years, and are passionate about showing young people that STEM, in particular engineering, can be fun. Their roles as STEM Ambassadors have taken Darren and Colin around the world.
After their success in the USA as main hosts at the 2017 World Championships, it was not long before they were requested to be the main hosts for the Estonian competition.
“Whenever we are asked to host these fantastic events it is always a thrill and an honour to work alongside students who may well be our future in engineering. And seeing so many teams from all over the world working together just shows what can be achieved if we put our minds to it.”
“Ford Motor Company and Material Planning and Logistics at Dunton have been an excellent support in our role as STEM Ambassadors for Ford Motor Company. The biggest fulfilment for us personally is seeing young adults embracing their own and different cultures from around the world, working as one team and having fun and learning engineering concepts.”