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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, pupils from Heatherside Infant School in Fleet and pupils from Buryfields Infant School in Odiham took part in a free computer programming workshop organised by Fleet-based not for profit company, Get with the Program.

Both schools hosted the company on two different days with children from ages five to seven enjoying the fun-filled mornings full of space themed activities.

Commenting on the workshops, Mark Owen, Year 1 teacher and computing lead at Heatherside Infant school said “The children had great fun doing the space themed programming workshop. “All the children were engaged and enthused throughout and came back to the classroom using the terms from the computing curriculum. “They had great fun making and debugging their algorithms and being robots. “Not only did the children love learning about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but they also loved learning about programming with ‘Professor’ Trice and Al the Robot.”

Lauren English, head teacher at Buryfields school added “All of our children were hugely inspired by the fun, space-themed programming workshop - even those who aren’t usually interested in computing. It’s fair to say great fun was had by all, children as well as teachers. “Not only did the children reinforce their learning about the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk, but they also full engaged in basic concepts around computing programming which will put them in good stead for the future.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We’re delighted the children from the schools we’ve visited enjoyed our space-themed workshop, which is designed to encourage students to have fun and at the same time embrace digital technology studies. We’re planning to run similar workshops in other infant and junior schools throughout the area, as well as form strong links with local businesses who have a vested interest in the technologists of the future which can be fulfilled by supporting our workshops. The computing curriculum is vital in enabling the students of today for the workplace of tomorrow, which is being transformed by digital technologies.

Get with the Program’s coding adventure workshops can be adapted to suit all primary school ages from Year R to Year 6 (ages 4 to 11) and run in schools throughout Hampshire and Surrey. They will also be launching a secondary school initiative soon.

Get with the Program is a Not for Profit start up that is all about empowering businesses to help schools with the computing curriculum. It’s computer science - but not as you know it. It creates memorable events that inspire students in digital technology, delivered in partnership between schools and business.

If you, your school, your business or your place of work are interested in helping with its mission, please do get in touch!

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