Last year our school was involved in the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program. Over 12,500 schools were involved in this program which asked school communities to collect stickers from their local Woolworths stores when they did their shopping.
Overall our school collected 70440 stickers and earned 500 bonus points. The Leading Teachers were given the opportunity to use the points to purchase resources for the school from Modern Teaching Aides. It was decided we would use the points to purchase Lego Robotics resources to supplement the robots the school had already purchased, and enable a comprehensive program to run in 2013.
With the 70940 points we were able to purchase:
12 x Lego Mindstorms Education Base Sets (Robots)
1 x Multi-charger (to charge 8 Robots at a time)
3 x Lego Education Resource sets
1 x Lego Poster
1 x Classroom activities book for NXT Robots.
If we were to purchase these resources out of school funds, they would be valued at over $9500.00. This is an outstanding effort by our whole school community and on behalf of the staff and students at Berwick Lodge Primary School I would like to thank you for all your assistance.
This means we now have enough Robots to run whole class Lego Robotics lessons with all students in grades 3 to 6. Currently, I have been working with the students in last year’s Robotics team where we have been busily unpacking the new robots and constructing them. Once all the robots have been constructed, each year level (grade 3 to 6) will have the opportunity to participate in the program. In addition to this program some students will be selected to be in an extension Robotics group where they will have the opportunity to work with students from Glendal Primary School and participate in Robocup and the First Lego League competitions.
We will keep you updated with our progress and have a demonstration prepared for Open Night later in the year. If you have any questions in regards to this program please don’t hesitate to come and see me.