Robotics is being thrust into the spotlight, with Highfields’ budding young engineers showcasing their programming skills to further develop the Design and Technology curriculum.
As part of their GCSE studies, selected students took part in the Design and Technology Association’s Introduction to Robotics.
Highfields was one of eight schools that attended a CPD session at Birmingham City University where they were introduced to the Crumble programming system and given cardboard buggies with programming activities to complete.
After working in teams with their buggies back at school, students were then selected to attend the Comino & IET - Robotics in School Showcase Event at Coventry University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environmental and Computing.
The event provided students with the opportunity to showcase the work they had carried out on their buggies and give feedback on how this technology can become part of the Key Stage 3 D&T curriculum.
Design & Technology teacher, Mrs G George, said: “As a result of the Introduction to Robotics, further developments will be made to introduce this to Year 8 students in the Summer term.”