Programming & Robotics 
Curriculum Topics: Basic Coding, Light/Electricity, Sound, Forces and Working Scientifically. 
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Years 4-6
How the day works?
Pupils will work in pairs, one class at a time, to design, engineer and program robots using LEGO bricks, a computer, a motor and other special elements. 

During the day, pupils will: 
  • Design and construct 
  • Brainstorm to find creative alternative solutions
  • Learn to communicate, share ideas and work together
  • Learn how to program, use software and create a working model
  • Work on simple machines, gears, levers, pulleys transmission of motion
  • Measure time and distance, estimating, randomness and using variables
  • Use feedback to adjust a programming system 
Run by a SATRO Associate with experience in the STEM workplace and training/education, supported by industry volunteers where appropriate. 
How much does it cost?
A full day at school which provides 3 classes in separate sessions. We also offer a discount for back-to-back bookings to cover larger or different year groups for example in MATS or school clusters. 

State & SEN discounted* to £500/day 
Independent Schools - £600/day                                                

* As part of SATRO's charitable purpose
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What are the benefits of this activity? 
How students benefit: 
  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • Create and debug simple programs
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs 
  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts 
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
How teachers benefit: 
  • Supports and engages students in the computing curriculum.
How schools benefit: 
  • Building teamwork and transferring learning to work skills for the future 
  • Offers an exciting, flexible workshop to support pupils' learning 
  • Levels of activities can be adapted to different abilities 
  • Helps enhance the school's reputation for offering innovative learning
  • Starts work towards the key elements of the Gatsby careers benchmarks.