DETC School Outreach Programme

DETC Inspiring Young People to choose subjects leading to a future in digital engineering

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At the home of one of the leading innovators in sports broadcasting, on 7 June, in collaboration with BT Sport and Loughborough University London, DETC presented some of its VR capabilities at the ‘Inspiring Young People’ event.

The school outing to BT’s Here East hub studios was designed to inspire pupils to tackle science and engineering subjects at local schools.

More than 200 secondary school children aged between 11 and 16 from Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets schools currently in the process of selecting their GCSE or A Level options were shown examples of DETC’s Virtual Reality capabilities in automotive engineering.


A special experience

The local kids were treated to sessions on sport in a digital world, touching on some of BT Sport’s initiatives and opportunities for local young people. The event also included presentations from current Loughborough University London student athletes.

DETC’s demonstrations added to the overall technological excitement of the day, and should help inspire these local kids to consider taking on subjects in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), that form a foundation of careers in digital technology and engineering.

“It was a brilliant, inspirational day, welcoming schools from the local community to BT Sport and bringing digital technology & sport together”, said event organiser BT Sport’s Andrew Foyle.

“It was a special experience for these school kids, and for many, their first visit to a TV broadcast studio and their first contact with a higher education institution and the chance to pose their own questions to university representatives and BT Sport graduates and apprentices”.


Sport in a digital world

‘Inspiring Young People’ was held next door to DETC’s offices within the LUL campus, and hosted by former England Rugby international, and BT Sport broadcaster, Martin Bayfield.

Other speakers included LUL Director of the Institute for Sport Business Prof. James Skinner and the BT sport COO Jamie Hindhough, featuring exciting digital engineering advances in sports event coverage.

BT previously announced it would broadcast the forthcoming UEFA Champions League final for the first time through 360°streams on YouTube and the new BT Sport Virtual Reality App, allowing viewers to choose between a 360° produced programme with commentary and graphics, or select their own camera viewpoint.


Creating a legacy of future engineers

DETC demonstrated its Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities, including:

  • A real time, real scale virtual factory walkthrough
  • ‘The showroom of the future’, a car configurator in a virtual environment
  • An interactive virtual model of a high-end vehicle

Simone Pereira, a DETC Engineer, commented after the event, “Having spoken to the students and interviewed the teachers, we understood that outreach activities have a positive influence. The opportunity to talk to athletes and trying out the latest virtual reality technology was picked out as highlight”.

DETC’s team was also on hand to form new contacts in local schools, and has since introduced some of these contacts to the organisations with similar outreach activities.

Simone added, “The DETC centre very much values the contacts with teachers and students in primary and secondary schools, and is developing links, activities and resources which we hope will enrich the school curriculum and support, creating a legacy and impact on the future generation of engineers”.

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