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Second Feasibility Study Call

Jun 26th 2015

Up to £20,000 available for feasibility study projects to further broaden the knowledge base in intelligent automation within the manufacturing industry.

Parties interested in applying for the grant should read the attached document carefully for full details on eligibility, requirements and application process.

  • Short-term funding for projects with a budget of up to £20,000 (80% fEC)
  • Application deadline: 28 July 2015
  • Assessment panel: late August 2015
  • Grant announcement: 01 September 2015
  • Start date between 15 September and 15 October 2015
  • Projects must end 6 months after the start date

EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference 2015

Apr 3rd 2015

The 4th Manufacturing the Future Conference will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge, on the 17-18 September 2015.  The conference presents the latest manufacturing research delivered by the academic community in collaboration with UK industry.  Sponsored by the EPSRC’s Manufacturing the Future Theme, the objective is to provide a forum through which academic and industrial communities engaged in manufacturing research, development and implementation can meet to present their latest research outputs, share their ideas, exchange best practice and discuss topics of importance to the community.  The overall aim being to further develop the UK’s position in high value and high impact manufacturing research.

For further information please click here.

FIRST LEGO League Regional Finals 2014

Dec 22nd 2014

As always we had a lot of fun at our regional competition! Eighteen teams from across the region participated in this fabulous event. 

Congratulations are in order for the following teams:

Champions Award

  • Guys Girls and Gears – Redmoor High School
  • LEGO Lords – Mountfields Lodge

Core Values Award

  • GSA Stem Leaders – George Spencer Academy
  • LEGO University – Litcham School

Robot Performance Award

  • Quigley Avengers – Thomas Alleynes High School
  • Bakewell Roboteers – Robert Bakewell Primary School

Robot Design Award

  • Beauchamp Engineering Club – Beauchamp College
  • Legotastic C of E – Loughborough Church of England Primary School

Research Project Award

  • Newburgh Knights – Newburgh Primary School
  • Hattrick – Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

Judges Award for Dramatisation

  • Stamford School

There were a lot of high performing teams this year and we hope to see you all again in 2015!

FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition Update

Dec 19th 2014

We have just concluded two regional FLL competitions held on consecutive days.  It was tons of fun, but also an incredible amount of work. Thank you to Loughborough University for being brilliant hosts and to all the volunteers who helped make these two events so successful. We could not have done this without you!

Results from both Regionals will be posted soon

Stay Tuned!

LEGO EV3 Competition Winners Announced!

Nov 14th 2014

We were overwhelmed by both the number and quality of entries for this competition. We are delighted to be able to announce that the following schools were judged as the winners and wish them a very happy time with their kits. 

  • Castle Carrock Primary School, Brampton, Carlisle
  • George Spencer Academy, Stapleford, Nottingham
  • Heathside School, Weybridge, Surrey
  • Holme Valley Primary School, Bottesford, North Lincolnshire
  • Linby cum Papplewick CE Primary School, Linby, Nottinghamshire
  • Loughborough Church of England Primary School, Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Redmoor Academy, Hinckley, Leicestershire
  • Thomas Alleynes Academy, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
  • The Marches School, Oswestry, Shropshire
  • The Warwick School, Redhill, Surrey
  • Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, Kent
  • Ysgol Glan-y-Mor School, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

 Congratulations to all our fabulous winners!

WIN LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Resources For Your School!

Oct 30th 2014

Would you like the chance to win LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Resources for your school?

LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Solution includes:

  • 2 x LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Education Sets
  • 1 x LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Expansion set
  • 2 x LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Chargers
  • 1 x LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software Site Licence
  • Half Day workshop with the EPSRC & LEGO Education team to introduce LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

To win these fantastic prizes simply answer the following questions:

  • What would your School do with the EV3 kit?
  • How would your School benefit from participating in the FIRST LEGO League Competition?

Each answer has a 250 word limit.

Your entries should be sent via email to Smita Jenna at

Competition ends: Wednesday, 12th November

Winners will be announced on Friday, 14th November and will be notified via email.
All prizes are sponsored by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation
* Strictly one entry per school and submission must be completed by a member of teaching or registered school staff.
** Competition restricted to Schools based in the United Kingdom.

Team Invicta - FIRST LEGO League World Champions

Apr 26th 2014

Team Invicta are FIRST LEGO League World Champions. Congratulations to our UK entrant. The EPSRC Centre is proud to support UK STEM through FIRST LEGO League and it is wonderful to have a UK Champion for the second year running.

National Science and Engineering Week Fair

Mar 15th 2014

The EPSRC Centre ran another successful exhibition stand today, for the National Science and Engineering Week Fair at Loughborough University. Great attendance with lots of interest in our interactive exhibits. NAO was the star of the show again and our new LEGO Mindstorms challenge proved to be very popular.

Big Bang Near Me

Feb 14th 2014

The EPSRC Centre today had the best rated exhibition stand (scoring 95/100) at the Big Bang Near Me event held at Market Bosworth School. This was an excellent day and very well organised. We now have a number of core exhibits ready for use on STEM exhibition stands, including the NAO, LEGO Mindstorms and an ABB IRB120 small industrial robot. A quick sampler from a recent event is available here:

Team Invicta - National FIRST LEGO League champions

Feb 1st 2014

Congratulations to Team Invicta. Overall champions of the National FIRST LEGO League competition, hosted by the EPSRC Centre at Loughborough University. Team Invicta will now be heading to the World Championships in April. This was the first outing for our new NAO humanoid robot who got the competitors dancing throughout the day:

FIRST LEGO League Final Held At Loughborough University

Dec 18th 2013

The EPSRC Centre hosted a regional FIRST LEGO League Final at Loughborough University. This was a fantastic event attended by incredibly impressive teams. Awards went to St Bots: Project, Beauchamp College: Robot Design, Caludon 3: Core Values and Quigley’s Angels: Robot Game. The overall winners were Disaster Dudes / Dudettes and Bakewell Roboteers who will be back in February for the National Final.

Call For Feasibility Studies Now Open

Dec 2nd 2013

The EPSRC Centre is pleased to announce that the call for feasibility studies is now open. University groups can apply for up to £50,000 to research intelligent automation The deadline for applications is 28th February 2014.

The Big Bang Near Me

Oct 23rd 2013

The EPSRC Centre has booked a stand at The Big Bang Near Me at The Market Bosworth School on 14 February 2014. This event is being sponsored by EngineeringUK and focuses on the contribution manufacturing, construction and engineering make to everyday lives. Updates are on Twitter @TBB_Leics.

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