Pupils at Kincardine O’Neil Primary School beat the goalie!
Pupils from Kincardine O’Neil Primary School learned all about robots and coding this week when Generation Science, a touring programme of science shows delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival visited their school.
During this workshop sponsored by Total’s E&P UK division, the children joined the robot sports training camp where the were be put through their paces, using LEGO® WeDo kits to build their own goalkeepers and programming them to cover goals in the World Cup penalty shoot-out.
Generation Science has been working with Total E&P UK since 2013 and, thanks to their support, annually reaches over 2,000 primary pupils at 60 different schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Total is committed to encouraging school children to learn STEM subjects and through their work with Generation Science is ensuring that every primary school in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and the Shetland Islands will have the opportunity to see science brought to life in their classroom by the end of 2018.
Frances Ridley, Head Teacher at Kincardine O’Neil Primary School, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Generation Science tour to the school. Bricks and Blocks is an excellent way of engaging children with science and teaching them the basics of computer programming using a hands-on practical approach.
“Our pupils will have opportunities of extending their learning following the visit. We teach science as a subject but we also use it as a way of developing life skills".
Sandra McLennan, Corporate Social Responsibility Leader from Total E&P UK said: “We are very pleased to support Generation Science as we continue our work to promote STEM activity in the classroom. Following our move to Westhill, we look forward to meeting the rural schools west of Aberdeen City and making new links to help reinforce the role STEM plays and the opportunities such learning will bring when seeking future employment, particularly in the oil and gas industry.”
With Total’s support, Generation Science will tour 15 schools in Aberdeen, 45 in Aberdeenshire and 10 schools in Shetland in 2018.