The innovative workshops use the Lego eLab renewable energy set to investigate the concepts of energy, sources of energy and electricity. The first four courses were recently held at schools in Aberdeen and taught by the East Kilbride-based ICT educational specialist ComputerXplorers South West Scotland. Five more workshops will be held during National Science Week next March.
During the course of the day-long sessions, primary age children use engineering skills to build various LEGO models using the supplied generators, motors and solar cells. The outcome of their endeavours to transfer energy from a renewable source to electrical energy is tested, measured and recorded using multi-meters and culminates in an exciting solar powered car race.
“I’m delighted that a company of BP’s stature has asked ComputerXplorers to deliver part of its schools programme,” said John McGill, director of ComputerXplorers South West Scotland. “The original course was a great hit with the children at Dykehead Primary as it fitted in perfectly with the work the school was already doing in conjunction with a local wind farm.”
BP works closely with local schools in Aberdeen through the BP Educational Service (BPES) and decided to trial the innovative workshops after reading about the ComputerXplorers Dykehead Lego eLab classes in the Times Educational Supplement Scotland publication.
Lynne Staples – Scott, Corporate Responsibility Manager for BP North Sea said, “Our education programme focuses on activities which aim to enthuse young people about science and technology and familiarise them with the world of work. We work with a number of partners to deliver hands on workshops in schools across the age range and look forward to receiving the feedback from schools after they have experienced the ComputerXplorers activity.”
ComputerXplorers is a new concept in ICT classes for children aged 3-13 in Scotland. They help children to master technological skills at an early age and increase their e-confidence and competence, giving students a great head start to their education. In the classes children learn exciting new subjects, such as rocketeering, alternative energy, film-making, robotics, Crime Scene Investigation and clay animation, and at the same time improve their everyday academic and computer skills. The classes are held in nurseries, pre-school settings, schools, after school clubs and holiday clubs.
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