On Wednesday 8th March, Nursery to P7 pupils at Raasay Primary School had the opportunity to take part in some STEM outreach sessions organised by the UHI and Portree High School Science Department.

Senior pupils from Raasay, who are currently in S6, came into school, with Mairi Stewart, the UHI Science Outreach worker, and delivered workshops which included Sphero programming and coding using binary language.

All pupils also got the chance to meet ‘Meganoid’, the robot, and give him instructions. ‘Meganoid’ was built by Ross Camilli and was voice activated – the pupils had a lot of fun giving him directions to follow.

All pupils received a Crest Star Award Certificate in recognition of the work undertaken in the workshops.

The workshops were exceptionally well organised and delivered by Gabriel Carslaw, Connor Ellis and Ross Camilli. Pupils had the opportunity to apply a vast range of skills and learn new ones in a fun and engaging way.

The parents of the S6 pupils had the opportunity to come in to school to see first hand how the workshops were delivered and to share in the success of the project.

As a result of the success of the day, two of the S6 pupils hope to deliver an after school coding club after they leave high school in May, during the summer term.

“Our pupils here in Raasay Primary thoroughly enjoyed the STEM workshops delivered in partnership with the UHI and S6 pupils from Raasay. We were delighted to invite back our former pupils who led the workshops in a fun and inspiring way. We hope to open up further opportunities in the near future and are looking forward to working with the UHI as part of our ‘Week of Work’ event in May.” Head Teacher Wilma Duncan

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