Reaching for the Stars
To coincide with Science Week, students from our Robotics and Code Clubs hosted a showcase evening to share and celebrate their learning as part of Reaching for the Stars.
Robotics Club involves year 5/6 students working with volunteer teachers and parents to use Lego Mindstorms to build, program and command robots. This includes making them move, talk, follow instructions and solve problems. The students are currently working in teams to prepare for the First Lego League competition, which will be held in November.
For the First Lego League competition, students will be required to build, program and compete against other teams with a robot.
Using EV3 Mindstroms Robotics have given our students opportunity to learn about modern problems in science and engineering.
Code Club is in its second year at Westgarth, requiring students to learn the basic algorithmic language of computers. As part of our open night, students in Code Club shared their understanding of visual programming language using ‘Scratch’. We have found this to be a fantastic platform to teach children how to code.
Many of our younger students also had opportunity to try out some of the robots that have been used in Code Club this year, under the guidance of our senior students. We believe that this may have even sparked curiosity for their future years at Westgarth!