Children at New Inn Primary have 15 robotic kits after fundraising by the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and sponsorship from local businesses.
The youngsters were so pleased with the kits that they invited Torfaen based Lawrence Miller & Co and Melin Homes into class to see the robots in action.
Louise Davies, Co-Chair of New Inn Primary School PTA said: “We wanted to buy the robots as they are so adaptable and become more challenging as the pupils develop their computing skills.
“At the age of 4 they can get them moving by using basic instructions. By the time they’re 11 they’re using different coding languages and programmes to make the robots do more complex tasks.”
The target was to raise £580 and Will Harris of Lawrence Miller & Co, one of Wales leading firms of financial advisers, donated half of the money.
“I was delighted to be able to support the project and to visit New Inn Primary to see what the youngsters are doing with the robots. They even presented us with a lovely hand made Thank You, which we’ll be proudly putting on display in our office at Cwmbran,” said Will Harris.
Melin Homes, a leading housing association in South East Wales, also sponsored the project.
Chief Executive, Paula Kennedy, said; “The school applied for our Jump2 fund which is made up of money donated by our staff.
We’re passionate about supporting the communities we operate in, working with schools benefits our residents, their families and the wider community. This project has shown what partnership working can achieve, and it has been great to see the children learning new skills.”
The PTA also had sponsorship from Safe Hands Mortgages Protection and Marchant Harries Solicitors.
Louise Davies added: “We raised the money through crowdfunding, which was something new for us. We were also lucky to receive match funding through the Rocket Fund after raising our first £250. This meant we could buy add-on kits, adding further to the potential of the robots.
It’s been a really positive experience throughout, with the involvement of local business as well as parental sponsorship and it was great to have two of our business sponsors coming into school to see the robots.”