28th February 18
Palacio de Granda continues to develop its students’ digital skills with a growing programme of Computer Science competencies. Infant and early primary students are introduced to logic, sequencing and physical devices in the form of basic robots. Further robotics knowledge is also adquired in the extracurricular sessions run at the school. Programming Scratch games and animations, the BBC Micro:Bit, MBots, Lego EV3, Python, HTML and CSS complete the offering in the primary department. This is an excellent foundation for the students as they progress into the secondary education national programme of studies for Technology and Computer Science. As a consequence, students are participating in an increasing number of competitions.
It is always very exciting to report on student achievement. Our First Lego League (FLL) team of 10 pupils from 1º ESO (Year 8) gained the Entrepreneurship Award in the qualifier event in Nortwest Spain in February this year. The award recognises initiative and confidence in the tournament and the use of effective solutions when facing problems. It was a fantastic reward for their effort, commitment and work over several months where they had to think like scientists and engineers.
This year, in the Hydro Dynamics challenge, teams had to solve a real-world problem and develop a project that provides a solution. This project is normally involves a hands on approach and the development of a solution model to prove the teams theory and reseach. The team also has to build, test and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Through their experience, teams also develop teamwork the art of discovery and what is known in FLL as gracious professionalism. It is noteworthy that these students have surprised their teachers with their competitiveness, resourcefulness and team work. Of course, excitement is contagious and interest from peer groups and younger students has started to grow.
DXC Technology has launched the Scratch game programming competition for 2018 and our Primary students are already busy designing their games. This year we have over 30 teams competing, some 90 students, all hoping to win in their category. Encouraged by the success of last year where we were awarded 1st and 3rd place in the primary category, there is great excitement to create another winning game this year. Our students in the senior school are planning their entries for robotics competitions in Madrid and even have their sights on Italy too!