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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

STEM in action: robots at JC!

Year 6 haven't only been away at Kingswood this week- those whose remained behind have been trying their hands at a STEM project too- and with great success!


Combining design and construction activities with technology and programming, the children have made a whole variety of  gadgets, robots and vehicles that utilise BBC Microbits to power electronic displays. We have created working models of tram stops, robots that express opinions and even space rockets that can smile at us!


The range of skills that these children have learned and mastered in a short period of time are really pleasing, and it has been great to see their creativity in action.

For several years now, children throughout school have been learning to code and program computers using Scratch to make online animations and games, but using these new Microbits is the next step forwards. The ultimate aim is to be making real-life working robots and appliances!


Finally, a huge thank you. We have been fortunate enough to have a volunteer, John Read, who gives up his own lunch-break each week and runs the Code Club in school, an extra-curricular lunchtime club that is inspiring the next generation of computer designers and techno-wizzes! To him, we owe a huge thank you, as it is adding an extra dimension and outlet for the children's skills that we may not always be able to squeeze into lesson time.


Mr G.