Kennedy’s NISA in Ballybogey is helping local primary school, Kilmoyle, to develop coding skills amongst it’s pupils through their previous community collection at the store.
In 2020 Kennedy’s NISA in Ballybogey raised funds which have now helped the school purchase ICT equipment.
This has allowed Kilmoyle PS to recently purchase the equipment, which includes ‘a classroom set of E.a.R.L programmable coding floor robots to help children develop their skills in computational thinking and coding’, according to the school.
The school were also pleased to say that: ‘so far the equipment has been a huge hit. Children are really enjoying this very practical equipment which is really helping to develop these basic programming skills.’
Kilmoyle Principal, Mr Jeff Scott, said: “We are really delighted that Kennedy’s NISA were able to raise such a large amount of money to support the children in their local school and we want to thank them so much for this incredibly kind donation.”
Mr Scott continued: “These new resources will be invaluable for the children in our school, right from nursery up to P7. They have proved really successful already at providing opportunities throughout our junior school for children to get to grips with basic programming skills through the hands-on nature of these resources but they are also so versatile. Senior pupils are looking forward to using our computers in school to develop more advanced programming skills through writing their own code to direct the robots movements, sounds and lights: very important skills for pupils to have in their future.”