Students at Longdean School were last week introduced to their new robot-building kit, donated by National Grid.
The company, which has a depot on London Road, is sponsoring a new programme to encourage youngsters in Hemel Hempstead to become the engineers of the future.
Students had the opportunity to experiment with demonstration robots and component parts at a workshop put on by Vex Robotics in partnership with National Grid.
Through this programme, they will learn about building and programming robots, before having the chance to compete their robots against those from other schools in the area.
Longdean’s design and technology department was thrilled to receive a new Vex Robotics competition set.
Director of learning Roger Reeves hopes the kit will inspire students to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Mr Reeves said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the pupils at Longdean to get hooked on engineering and is a pathway to the exciting careers that can lead from studying design technology and other STEM subjects.
“We would like to thank National Grid for their donation, and hope that Longdean will continue to participate in Vex competitions for years to come”.
National Grid project manager Keith Johnston said: “We need to encourage and inspire more young people to pursue science and engineering.
“Workshops and experiences like Vex Robotics are wonderful opportunities to engage young people in science, technology and engineering.
“It has been excellent to see that happening today at Longdean School.”
National Grid recently completed the dismantling of the gasholders on London Road, Hemel Hempstead.