Capgemini brought together seven schools and over 140 pupils across North Tyneside for the FIRST LEGO® League Junior Programme with up to 40 children attending the Expo to celebrate pupils’ hard work in responding to a sustainability challenge.
Guided by teachers and coaches, and supported by Capgemini in collaboration with HMRC, DWP and North Tyneside Council, for 8 weeks teams explored real-world scientific problems such as food safety, recycling and energy. They constructed a motorised model of what they learned using LEGO®. In the process, teams learned about teamwork, science and technology. I loved taking part and was immensely impressed with the creativity of the children and application of technology into their models. My favourite project was a team which had installed a Bluetooth module to their Lego robot and were transmitting instructions they had coded using a tablet. Fantastic!
As well as engaging young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills it was a great way to collaborate with our clients and engage our people locally.
Adam Dixon, Senior Project Manager at Capgemini who spearheaded our support of the initiative, explained: “FIRST® LEGO® League is a fantastic programme to promote STEM skills, promoting employability and the skills needed in today’s workforce. The Junior Expo is targeted at 6-9 years olds and it’s a great initiative to help get our future scientists and engineers on track for a career in STEM.”
Taking place on 16 June 2017 at the North Tyneside CLC, the closing Expo event was attended by representatives from Capgemini, DWP and HMRC, as well as Councillor Ian Grayson, North Tyneside Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Young People, who all were judges for pupils’ projects.
“What a fantastic afternoon seeing the final products of the First® LEGO® League Expo. The enthusiasm of those involved, the team work in each group was phenomenal. The creativity and thought put in the final products is a credit to all those involved. Thank you for the opportunity to be involved in such an inspirational event,” commented Helen Howe, Engagement for Project Delivery Profession at DWP.
Councillor Ian Grayson added: “It was a great event. All the pupils were so enthusiastic as they were clearly motivated by the project. The project was well received in schools by the teachers and the event was well organised and enjoyed by all.”