Cadoxton pupils program their futures
Published 26 January 2015
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, visited Cadoxton Primary School in Barry last week to learn about the Club Innov8 project.
The Club Innov8 project, funded by the Welsh Government, gives pupils the opportunity to learn coding and programming using Lego, Mindstorms using robotics, Kodu Game Lab and other educational resources.
The project is designed to encourage more pupils to learn about Computer Science and follow STEM subjects in school or in future careers.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Employment is the best route out of poverty and is a key way in which we can regenerate communities. Schemes like Club Innov8 provide young people with skills that will improve their career prospects and by doing so make a significant contribution to improving their future lives.”
Three other schools, Colcot Primary, Jenner Park Primary and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, are also involved in the project, and learning sessions are provided to pupils during and after school times and in holidays.
Minister Lesley Griffiths said: “It was great to meet staff, parents and pupils to see for myself how this scheme is having a positive impact on learning and making a real difference in tackling poverty.”
The scheme is delivered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council with involvement from the Big Learning Company’s not-for-profit arm Big Research Centre, who provides Club Innov8 with guidance and support with monitoring and evaluating the project.