18th May 2017
Lego robots stole the show at a recent ComputerXplorers workshop hosted by the charity Yellow Submarine at Abingdon and Witney College Witney campus.
Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full. The free programming workshop was run as part of Science Week’s ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries initiative which aims to help primary age children understand that computer programming is a key skill that can unlock many career opportunities.
For three hours, the children aged from seven to 17 learned how to build and then programme their own robots to move and make sounds using Lego and laptops provided by the Oxfordshire based education technology specialists.
Mark Belassie, leader at Yellow Submarine said:
"It was amazing to see how engaged and enthusiastic our kids were throughout. Children of all different levels of ability found many things to love about the robots!"
ComputerXplorers Oxfordshire owner Deborah Trujillo-Philippopoulos added:
"ComputerXplorers is all about making learning fun – and when children are enjoying themselves they take in so much more without even realising it. I was really impressed by the way the children with all different learning needs got involved and how much they achieved.
It was great to see the happy smiling faces of the children who were so proud to show me, their teachers and then their parents when they came to collect them, what they had built and programmed."
Programming for Primaries is supported by Microsoft and the workshops align with the Government’s primary education strategy.
ComputerXplorers is the leading provider of quality technology education for children from the ages of 3 to 13. They have pioneered the introduction of programming classes for primary school children and pre-schoolers. Since 2006 the company’s programming and coding classes have inspired children to develop and broaden their computing skills alongside a wide range of technology classes from 3D animation and modelling to Minecraft and web design - all with computational thinking, creativity and critical thinking at their core. The clubs and classes are engaging, educational and fun, and are run in a variety of settings, such as after school clubs, pre-school and nurseries, summer camps and in-curriculum time classes. Classes are linked to the national curriculum in England, the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland and the national curriculum for Wales.
30th May 2017
Hundreds of UK children honed their programming skills in workshops hosted by ComputerXplorers for British Science Week.