Robots come to life for youngsters at Ryhall Primary School

Ryhall Primary School pupils Jamie Grice, Joseph Cox, Cian Lowrey, Savannah Taylor, James Thomas and Jessica Szyszka with the robotics equipment donated by National Grid. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP021014-001aw EMN-140310-150438001
Ryhall Primary School pupils Jamie Grice, Joseph Cox, Cian Lowrey, Savannah Taylor, James Thomas and Jessica Szyszka with the robotics equipment donated by National Grid. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP021014-001aw EMN-140310-150438001
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Science fiction came to life for primary pupils when they were given a chance to build their own robots.

Children at Ryhall Primary School will spend the next few weeks creating moving machines with robotics equipment provided by National Grid. The firm is working with the school to promote science, technology, engineering and maths to try to inspire youngsters to pursue a career in engineering.

Once they have built the robots, Year 5 and 6 pupils will then test them against one another in a competition later this year.

Teacher Claire Hicks said: “We are incredibly grateful for the robotics equipment.

“The amount of equipment we have received is overwhelming and this was just half of it. National Grid will be coming back in November with the other half and will also provide the pupils and teachers with full training.”

She added: “I have no doubt some of our pupils will have been interested in the work and the equipment and, hopefully, it will encourage some of them to follow in the footpath of the engineers who have been working in the area.”