We had lots of exciting activities and exhibits on display during MACH 2022, in addition to our dedicated careers seminar theatre. Check out this page for details on what took place to give you a flavour of what to expect in 2024.


Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing.


Airbus Defence & Space displayed its ExoMars Rover, ground demonstration model ‘Bruno’. Bruno is the Earth-based testing model for the ‘Rosalind Franklin’ Rover vehicle. The vehicle was set to blast off to Mars in September 2022 to search for possible signs of life on the planet. Unfortunately, owing to the war in the Ukraine the project has had to be postponed.

The ExoMars project was also expected to help prepare other robotic missions to Mars, which might ultimately lead to possible manned exploration.


The UWR is a university racing team competing in professional motorsport events including the F3 Cup and AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge. It is a brilliant way to learn whilst competing and put into practical operation things learnt in theory.

The Team showcased their various cars and their racing skills with practical demonstrations and tales from the trackside!


The Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre is a fully equipped metrology lab on wheels. It is fitted with a fully operational range of equipment design to demonstrate a range of different measuring solutions. These included:

  • Sylvac Scan 52 Machine – to optically measure turned parts
  • Innovatest Falcon 500 Hardness Tester – to gauge the Micro/Macro Vickers or Micro Brinell hardness of materials
  • Baty Venture Vision System – for non-contact optical measurement combined with 3D touch probe measurement
  • Accretech Surface and Roughness Measurement – for extreme accuracy measuring contours and surface roughness

You can visit the Bowers Website to find out more.


VEX Robotics is the world’s leading educational robotics company and the only one with significant presence from Early Years, right through every Key Stage and into University – both for classroom use and extra-curricular competitions.

At MACH 2022 it ran a series of workshops using its VEX V5 Workcell Factory Automation solution. Attendees learned about the 5-axis robot arm, industrial robots, throughput and end effectors and programmed the Workcell to pick and place. The V5 Workcell replicated the actions of many of the industrial robot arms on show at MACH from the likes of ABB, FANUC and KUKA. 



F1 in Schools is a STEM competition with a difference. Essentially a try-before-you-buy careers experience. The organisation explained how students between 9-19 are presented with the chance to work in a close-knit team, where everyone takes on a role to suit their skills. Teams are challenged to create and race their vision of the F1 car of the future, to official Technical Regulations, set out by a rule committee led by legendary F1 Engineer Gary Anderson.

Skills involving researching, planning, managing, designing, marketing, manufacturing and promoting themselves are all tested as teams around the world work together to reach their local Regional Final, for the chance to compete for a place at their National Final, where an invitation to compete at the hallowed F1 in Schools World Finals is tantalisingly within reach.



EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is a nationwide educational charity which offers young people aged 9-21, active learning experiences in STEM related careers. Providing them with the opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure that will help them make decisions about their future.

Visitors had the opportunity to get hands-on experience of designing a race track with coding – the objective being to get an Ozobot to the end of the track first.

Students had to figure out which codes worked the best for speed, then draw out their plan for a OzoRaceway, before testing their Ozobot to see how it performed.