Future Transport Innovation Event

22 June 2017.

On June 22nd the Transport Systems Catapult hosted 100 school students at an exciting event to inspire students to take STEM subjects at GCSE, and to inform them about what the future holds in terms of Intelligent Mobility.

The Transport Systems Catapult is one of 11 research and innovation centres set up by the government to build links between the government, industry and universities to enable the modernisation of transport, called Intelligent Mobility. They are working to identify technology trends in the future so we can make the UK a global leader and grow jobs and companies. Through identifying new technology and ways of working, they are aiming to make transport better for everyone.

Gaia Innovation designed an action packed programme of events for the students. The day included activities using virtual reality, an exercise on managing the transport systems of Manchester using augmented reality, interacting with the driverless pods that are the forerunners of self driving cars, and also building a futuristic train station with lego.

Each student was given a work book to complete during each activity to focus their learning, and each school was given additional work books to take back to share the learning with the remainder of year group when back in the classroom.

The final session of the day was an entertaining and informative Q & A session with 5 Transport Systems Catapult team members, chaired by Gaia Innovation CEO Julia Muir. The school students heard about career routes, the qualifications that would be useful to work in transport innovation, and were given an insight into their roles and job tasks.

Julia Muir, CEO Gaia Innovation said: “It was wonderful to see the students so engaged with future technology and interested in its application to transport innovation. We hope that this event at the Transport Systems Catapult will have inspired some to follow careers using STEM, and will also have encouraged them to continue developing their creativity and communication skills.”