Pupils get lesson in engineering at Amazon

Students from a Lichfield school programmed robots and took part in a behind-the-scenes tour of Amazon in Rugeley.

Amazon’s Caroline Hodgkiss shows the children the SLAM machine
Amazon’s Caroline Hodgkiss shows the children the SLAM machine

The students, from Greysbrooke Primary School, enjoyed a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) class this week to celebrate the Royal Academy of Engineering’s “This is Engineering Day 2019”.

A total of 29 Year 5 students made the trip to Amazon to take part in a STEM class to programme mini Ozobot robots and meet some of the engineers who work at Amazon.

The students also received a demonstration of the technology that powers Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Rugeley on November 6.

The activity supports the recently launched “Amazon Future Engineer”, a childhood-to-career programme designed to inspire, educate and enable more than one million children to try computer science over the next two years.

Amazon Future Engineer is specifically geared towards primary school pupils and has been devised together with Fire Tech Camp and is accredited by the British Science Association.

Gary Norton, site leader at Amazon in Rugeley, said: “Amazon passionately supports the ethos behind This is Engineering Day which is all about bring engineering to life for young people.

"We enjoyed welcoming the pupils from Greysbrooke Primary School to our fulfilment centre as part of our Amazon Future Engineer programme and I hope that their visit showed them how much fun a STEM-based career can be. Who knows – we may be welcoming some of them back in years to come as engineers!”

Schools and families wishing to book a free robotics workshop at their nearest Amazon fulfilment centre, or to find out more about how Amazon Future Engineer is supporting teacher-training, apprenticeships and bursaries, can do so by visiting: amazonfuturengineer.co.uk.

Public tours of Amazon are available to book free of charge, at http://uk.amazonfctours.com/. The Amazon fulfilment centre public tours are available to anyone over the age of six.

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