Robots and the Yellow Submarine with ComputerXplorers
May 17, 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.
Said Mark Belassie, leader at Yellow Submarine: “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.