Friday, 19 August 2022

Children learning to be software designers of tomorrow

PUPILS at a Wargrave school took part in a robotics workshop.

PUPILS at a Wargrave school took part in a robotics workshop.

A member of staff from Next Thing Education, a London technology company, ran the workshop at Robert Piggott Infant School in Beverley Gardens over two days.

The company will be running an after-school club from the start of the next school year in September.

Ajay Ghela, from Next Thing Education, said: “We are giving the children a taste of what we do at the after-school clubs.

“It means the school doesn’t have to buy a lot of equipment as we have it all and then visit the school.

“The parents want the students to have these kinds of skills since computer science was added to the curriculum in 2014.”

During one session the children were given circuit equipment from Littlebits, which are small electric circuit modules that join together.

Mr Ghela said: “It helps them to cover the part of the curriculum known as physical systems.”

Sophie Foster, a teacher at the school, said computing was a growing part of the key stage two curriculum.

She said: “This workshop gives them the opportunity to get hands-on with the equipment, so it is more fun for them than using a computer program.

“We learn using a software called Scratch but that is mainly on screen while this is more physical and more fun.”

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