Pupils learn about the wonder of science

Having fun with the robots.
Having fun with the robots.

More than 180 students took part in a robotics programming session, giving them the chance to experiment and have fun with science.

Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School opened its doors to local primaries to the session – What a disaster. Robots to the rescue day.

With a school grant funded by the Institute of Physics, the design and technology (DT) department showed students how to programme robots to flash a light show, move in different directions and turn, open and close their gripping jaws and follow a track using a line following robot.

Building intelligent products is core to the GCSE DT course from Year 10, so the activities were created as an introduction to studies at the high school.

Head of Key Stage 3 (KS3) design technology teacher Mike Skinner said: “This project has enabled students as young as Year 4 to learn about the real life application of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in a practical and hands-on way. STEM careers can be hugely rewarding.”

The oversubscribed project will run again next year and the equipment provided is already being used by KS3 students in the DT department.