Students Tackle the City’s Challenges with Lego and their Imaginations!
Students from Dysart School took part in Recode London on Friday at The Workshop in Lambeth. The initiative is run by the Mayor of London, the LEGO® Group and Institute of Imagination.
Students rose to the challenge set by Recode London to build eco-friendly vehicles to tackle the capital’s air pollution. They put their coding and building skills into practice and created a range of vehicles out of Lego and that were activated via ipads. Students then got to parade their pollution busting automobiles along a specially designed street built entirely out of Lego.
This is the first time that students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have taken part in the sessions and The Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew Ryder said: “Recode London is a wonderful way for young Londoners to put their imaginations to the test, have fun and solve some of the capital’s problems through coding. All pupils deserve the opportunity to develop these skills, and we had some great ideas coming out of the session which were then translated into coded Lego constructions – excellent work all round!”
David Pallash from Lego Education was in attendance and students were excited to show him how well their designs had come together and how fast their vehicles could go! Teacher at Dysart School, Nick Hines said afterwards “The children learnt about what a programme was before moving on to how to build a Lego electric car. All of the children enjoyed the opportunity and managed to demonstrate a good understanding of how to build a basic programme”.
John Prior, Executive Head at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, commented: “What an incredible initiative. Students were really engaged and have come up with some very creative designs. I have also been very impressed by their coding skills, we have seen everything from voice activated cars to vehicles with touch sensors. Great teamwork from all involved.”