THE robots are coming – to a school near you!
Pupils from across Middlesbrough will gather this week for a unique Lego Robot Day inspired by television’s popular Robot Wars.
Ayresome Primary is playing host to the event on Friday, February 26 which will see youngsters design, build and programme their own creations using Lego robotics.
The school last year become the first in the North East to launch its own Lego Education Innovation Studio, with Lego International MD Dr Rene Lydiksen attending the official launch.
The head of Lego UK Sales Matt Parkes is attending Friday’s event which will see pupils from schools across Middlesbrough competing against each other – with a well-earned break for lunch.
Ayresome’s own Year 4 ‘roboteers’ will be joined by pupils and staff from Archibald, Sacred Heart, Chandlers Ridge, St Clare’s, Pallister Park, Green Lane, Linthorpe and Abingdon primaries for a day to remember.
The school’s Lego Education Innovation Studio combines teaching alongside tasks and challenges for pupils through the use of Lego and electronics.
The programme – led by the school’s Director of Computing Education, Phil Ainsley – supports the whole curriculum, with an emphasis on maths, science, literacy and computing education.
Lisa Biggin, Headteacher from Ayresome Primary School, said: “Our involvement with Lego has proved a great success, so everyone’s looking forward to the Lego Robot Day.
“The day promises to offer the schools attending lots of challenge, fun and engagement with the curriculum and to see how LEGO enhances this approach.
“It’s a great way to develop pupils’ understanding of construction, electronics and robotics, and I hope it will be the first of many.”