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Get Cromarty Coding!

A project by: Denis Torley



from 6 donors

This project received pledges on Thu 28 Mar 2019
Get Cromarty Coding


Number of students that will benefit: 52

Age of students: 5-11

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 19%


About us

We are a small, 3 class rural school on the Black Isle in the Highlands. We believe that all pupils can grow to be highly motivated life-long learners. We provide a safe and creative environment where the pupils thrive on challenging learning experiences, particularly science.

Our pupils have been working hard on engineering projects for a while now, with great success at the Primary Engineer & Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awards. Now they are looking to learn more about computers and coding.

We have just received Chromebooks to share in the school, and we are looking to support greater understanding of this technology. We intend to equip all with the skills to achieve their full potential.

What do we want?

We want to buy well-known children’s coding equipment, as an introduction to software and as the basis for starting our very own coding club for all ages.

Who is this for?

This is for our whole school, to introduce all pupils to the magic of coding, and to show pupils how they can develop skills to manage the technology they experience every day. The equipment will be used both in school hours and as a basis for introducing coding to our rural school.

Why do we want it?

We are looking to buy 4 pieces of equipment for all ages in the school, to demonstrate and learn about different aspects of the technology - from Makey Makey Invention Kits where we will learn about keyboard technology and how they interact with computer, to the Sphero SPRK+ App-Enabled Robot, where pupils can start coding and doing hands-on activities and interact with a wider science community through these activities.

Lego Mindstorms will allow an extension of these activities to build an understanding of robotics through a variety of robot builds to carry out a selection of programmable tasks.

The BBC microbit is a powerful handheld, fully programmable, computer designed by the BBC and a number of its partners. It is designed to encourage children to get actively involved in coding and electronics. It has a 5x5 LED Matrix, two integrated push buttons, a compass, Accelerometer, and Bluetooth. These features will make it a great introduction to the world of programmable components and the wider internet of things.

It would be amazing if every child in our school could have a go, to better understand the changing world around them.

Children at Cromarty love Science, and are busy planning their own Science Garden. We expect to apply the learning in the garden to help us understand new discoveries there and to carry out tasks such as weather monitoring.


1 x Makey Makey Invention Kit @ £40

1 x Sphero SPRK+ App-Enabled Robot @ £110

1 x Lego Mindstorms @ £250

5 x BBC microbits @ £20 each = £100

Total = £500 (incl VAT & delivery)


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