Today at the Imagination Lab, we were delighted to welcome over 350 schoolchildren from across the city to put their coding skills to the test at RE:CODE London.
In collaboration with LEGO Education and the Mayor of London, the children were challenged to design and code a LEGO prototype robot, called Milo, which can help to remove rubbish from the River Thames.
Children were introduced to Milo the robot and asked to conceptualise and build a rubbish scooper that could help Milo to pick up all of the debris that had been left along the map of the Thames. This scooper needed to be wide enough to collect all of the rubbish on the course, but not so heavy that it would weigh Milo down on his journey. Using coding sequences, children learnt how to programme Milo to move forward, turn corners, and send a message back to base when there was a piece of rubbish in the way.
This event marks the first in the RE:CODE London series, a new scheme which provides schoolchildren with a coding and robotics-based challenge to encourage them to think critically and problem solve around a real-world, London issue.
The Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, joined us at the Lab to see the young coders in action. She said:
“It is the ambition of both the Mayor and I to see every child in London getting the best possible chance for happiness and success, and making the most of the city’s great opportunities. The role of education both in and out of school is critical in supporting children’s development and inspiring all pupils to reach their full potential.
It was fantastic to see hundreds of London schoolchildren solving real-life problems through coding with LEGO and the Institute of Imagination today.”
Working with a wide range of experts, organisations and – most important of all – children is an integral part of the Institute of Imagination’s vision. In the words of our Chief Executive, Gareth Binns:
“RE:CODE London is a wonderful example of how we can spark children’s imaginations through innovative partnerships and we’re proud to support the Mayor of London to bring the London Curriculum alive by hosting these events at our current home, the Imagination Lab.”
If you would like your school to visit the Lab at a future RE:CODE London event, register your interest in the 2018 sessions. The sessions are aimed at Year 5 and 6 students and are open to all primary schools engaged with the London Curriculum.