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Robotic tool gives students the edge

Members of Carr Hill  Schools ICT club, Niall Willey, Jacob Fearn and Sam Royal, with the robot and computer coding system designed by James Banks (below).

Members of Carr Hill Schools ICT club, Niall Willey, Jacob Fearn and Sam Royal, with the robot and computer coding system designed by James Banks (below).

There’s new technology on hand to inspire ICT savvy students at Carr Hill High School.

Teacher James Banks has built a specially designed robot to teach pupils how computer coding systems work.

Members of the Kirkham school’s ICT club have been using a system called python to give the robot instructions such as how to pick up objects and are even working on making the robot write.

Mr Banks bought the robot kit before Christmas and assembled it for the club as a suprise, adapting it to meet the club’s wants and needs.

He said: “The children just think it’s the best thing ever, some of them had it doing all sorts of things within an hour. It’s fantastic to see.

“We’ve got some really high ability students and it lets them go further.

“We have lower ability students coming too, it’s great to see them enjoying learning.”

The school has spent more than £300 on three specialist miniature Raspberry Pi computers and the robot kit.

From September this year ICT will be on the new school’s curriculum, making it compulsory for all pupils to studying computing and robotics.

Mr Banks and colleagues Grace Gregson and Jacqui Edwards, at the school on Royal Avenue, set up the club in order to test technologies and topics with club members.

The club, run every Tuesday afternoon regularly sees 20 attendees, mostly boys, but teachers are keen to welcome more girls to take up ICT too.

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