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Robots, racing cars and virtual reality at free WMG Academy family event

Youngsters will be able to enjoy remote-controlled robots and get the chance to make their own racing car at a free event at the University of Warwick this month.

The WMG Academy for Young Engineers is holding a Taster Event on Saturday 29 June at the University’s Digital Laboratory. Visitors can drop in anytime from 10am until 4pm.

 A range of employers including Jaguar Land Rover and National Grid will be setting up stalls with some great interactive games. Visitors can make cardboard cars and race them on a track, have a go at computer-aided design, find out how acoustic cameras work and get their hands on some of the latest automotive technology.

The WMG Academy is a new school, opening in September 2014, for 14-19 year olds with a passion for engineering. The Academy will turn traditional methods of learning on their head and instead pupils will be taught the curriculum through the application of real-life engineering problems.

At the taster event, youngsters and their parents can drop in to take a tour of facilities that students would be using at WMG, including the Virtual Reality Design Suite.

Director of the WMG Academy Richard Hutchins said: “We want young people and their families to come along to our taster event and find out more about the academy. It will be a great day out and they get the chance to see some of the really exciting and innovative things we are doing here. The WMG Academy will be a fantastic hotbed of talent, technology, business and innovation...a real draw to getting young people excited about industry.”

To sign up for the taster event and let us know you are coming, visit

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For more information contact Kelly Parkes-Harrison, University of Warwick,, 02476 150868, 07824 540863


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