GIRLS at the King’s Leadership Academy rolled up their sleeves to build robots as part of a pioneering project to get more girls interested in STEM subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths.

The group of 30 girls, aged 11 to 13, were asked to design, build and program the robots with the aim of competing in regional and national competitions as part of the RobotiXX project, which was funded by a school grant from the Institute of Physics.

The scheme, which was headed up at the school on Seymour Drive by head of science Benjamin Barker and maths teacher Becky Barry, was created due to a need for more integrated learning programs.

Using VEX IQ, which is robotics platform available to schools throughout the UK, the project is designed to teach the pupils invaluable lessons and skills that are needed in today's changing world.