Sci-Pi Workshops

As part of our ongoing partnership with BECSLink, this term we welcomed 120 Year 5 students to visit our school for two exciting, hands-on workshops. The first workshop was run by pi-top Champions and aimed to inspire young people to learn how to code. A pi-top is a revolutionary laptop kit, powered by a Raspberry Pi. The programming tools take inspiration from early 2D computer games and modern video games such as Minecraft to gamify education and make learning programming accessible and fun. Raynes Park High School is now proud to be the home of two pi-top Labs fully equipped with pi-topCEEDS. Much of our curriculum is now delivered through these machines, and the workshops this term had students programming traffic lights, building animations and creating games in Scratch. "I’ve never used Scratch before but I started making an aeroplane game and it was much easier than I thought." said a Year 5 student from Hatfeild. "When I go home I’m going to download Scratch so I can finish making the game." You can find out more about pi-top’s exciting work at www.pi-top.com

The second workshop of the day was run by Sublime Science (www.sublimescience.com). Sublime Science received investment from the Dragons Den and were even given the Queen’s Award for innovation. The Science presenters brought spectacular experiments to our Science Labs and was 45 minutes packed full of fizzing potions, bubbles, smoke, sweets and slime. "The staff and children had a great time and we all enjoyed the sessions." said West Wimbledon Primary School’s KS2 leader. "The children learnt lots!"

Raynes Park Year 7 & 8 students also had the chance to experience both workshops in the morning, and some were selected to be ambassadors throughout the day. All student helpers represented our school flawlessly and were incredibly helpful in both workshops.

This event is another example of the success of our continuing partnership with BECSLink. Raynes Park High School is the first state school to become a BECSLink Registered Centre, bringing fantastic opportunities to the local community. Together, we have started to work alongside local businesses, charities, educational institutions and sporting organisations to provide resources and learning opportunities to young people in Merton. The Tim Henman Foundation said it was "proud to support aspiration raising activities in the Raynes Park community." We must extend our thanks to both BECSLink and The Tim Henman Foundation, without whom this exciting day would not have been possible.


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