A team of Hanson Academy’s most inventive sixth-formers will be participating in a Yorkshire-wide design and technology challenge hosted by Leeds Beckett University and Armley-based electronics distributor Premier Farnell.

    Developed in association with Ahead Partnership and the Future Jobs Program, the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge tasks students with developing an original piece of ‘assistive technology’. Using their computer programming and electrical engineering skills, they must create a device with a real world function aimed at improving quality of life for people with physical and sensory impairments.

    The initiative was set up in 2015 to help promote career opportunities for future graduates in the fields of digital and tech, which are projected to experience 15% growth in the West Yorkshire region over the next decade.

    In the coming weeks, the participating students will attend a series of workshops hosted by Leeds Beckett University, where they will receive feedback and guidance before presenting their final prototypes at a regional final due to take place in early December. There will be prizes for the most creative design projects among the 16 participating institutes.

    For more information on this project, please contact our Sixth Form Director Ben Irving.