STEM ROBOT BUILDING @ Blemundbury Hall, Tybalds Estate

STEM ROBOT BUILDING @ Blemundbury Hall, Tybalds Estate

Last week we kicked off the Summer Holidays with an exciting STEM Robot Building event in partnership with Give2Get and Pagerduty.

With 50 volunteers in attendance and 15 children, Blemundbury Hall was packed!  Children from ages 8-12 years worked in teams of 5 to come up and build their prototype problem-solving robot.

HCA staff shared the event live on our Facebook – check out the teams planning and children’s pitches on the HCA’s Facebook page.

Creativity was running high with some brilliant ideas such as the Nanny robot that would help with household tasks (including homework!) and a robot that could distract poachers and save wildlife.

Teams then pitched their ideas in front of a Dragons Den type panel for investment with asks ranging from £100,000 to £2 million!

The Pagerduty employees shared their expertise with HCA’s STEM Club as part of their Volunteers Response Week 2019 #RealTimeImpact and Steve Barrett VP of EMEA Sales for sponsoring.

Mark Webster, the Managing Director of Give2Get Europe quotes “huge thanks to Pagerduty for giving their time to the youngsters in Holborn on this project. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm from everyone and the children’s presentations were fantastic! Hopefully, the activity inspired the children and employees alike to take part in future STEM education projects.”

We look forward to using our Robots next term in our STEM classes and exploring the world of robotics further.

To find out about our free STEM Classes for children visit our website or

Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help