Building on science success at Dyffryn Taf

Western Telegraph: Building for the future: Dyffryn Taf's Young Engineers Club members with the à 	£3,000 Lego prize. (3118010) Building for the future: Dyffryn Taf's Young Engineers Club members with the à £3,000 Lego prize. (3118010)

A school will be building on its success in science-related subjects after winning £3,000 worth of hi-tech Lego.

Dyffryn Taf School in Whitland is one of just 25 schools in the UK chosen to receive the prize.

Pupils will now all have the chance to use the Lego education resources to build sophisticated programmable robots to challenge others in regional and national contests.

The company was offering the Lego package to selected schools as part of a pilot for the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP).

Dyffryn Taf’s Team Dragon Young Engineers club is no stranger to success, having won Welsh and UK contests in recent years. And it was a 60-second stop motion animation movie made by four talented Year 9 girls from the club that caught the eye of the Lego contest judges.

Featuring two Lego characters taking a whirlwind tour of the school, the movie received over 9,000 views on YouTube.

Said Gareth Bolsworth, director of Lego Education Europe: “We were looking for schools that would work hard to make the pilot a success.

“We had some fantastic entries, so the decision process was really tough. Dyffryn Taf’s application stood out to the judges, and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

The school’s deputy head teacher, Mark Ford, said: “At Dyffryn taf, we continually work to develop the best opportunities to prepare our pupils for life beyond school.

“This EEP project will allow us to expand our provision for robotics and computing in school , and hopefully beyond school with our primary school partners.”

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