Published Thursday 3 May 2018 at 14:43
Scouts have accepted the challenge to come up with ideas to make life better for the elderly and people with disabilities.
They are taking part in a competition to invent an aid to help people maintain their independence.
The two winning ideas will chosen at The Making Rooms in Blackburn on Saturday (May 5). They will then be turned into prototypes during the National Festival of Making which takes place in the town centre on May 12 and 13.
The Making Life Better competition is run by the company IN4.0 Plc with the University of Central Lancashire, The Making Rooms and BAE. The aim is to help young people learn about the skills they will need to thrive and be successful in the digital and technological careers of the future.
Teams from three Blackburn Scout groups are taking part: Dragon, Olive and St George’s. They attended The Making Rooms to learn about coding, electronics and scanning to help with their inventions.
Mo Isap, chief executive of IN4.0 Plc, is looking forward to seeing the Scouts’ ideas and said:
Technology can be used in so many creative ways and this is about nurturing that creativity in young people.
We want them to understand the opportunities there are to make life and the world better by using their own creativity.
The National Festival of Making will take over the town centre with a packed programme of family workshops, exhibitions, street theatre, performances, markets and street food.