Abertillery students get creative designing electronic toys

South Wales Argus: Computer Science and Art & Design pupils aged 13 to 15 have been creating a fictional toy company and competing to produce their own robotic toy.  Pictured are pupils, staff and parents after the presentations. (8127104) Computer Science and Art & Design pupils aged 13 to 15 have been creating a fictional toy company and competing to produce their own robotic toy. Pictured are pupils, staff and parents after the presentations. (8127104)

A SIX-WEEK project launched by an Abertillery secondary school to design an electronic toy ended last night [Friday, July 11] in a presentation ceremony.

Twelve students from Abertillery Comprehensive School took part in the IT project, which saw rival teams design and create an electronic toy using a small computer.

The head of IT, Andy Parker, led the project, which was held in after-school sessions for year eight pupils aged 12 to 13.

Last night the project culminated in a presentation and prize ceremony to judge the toys.

Mr Parker said: “The students had to create an electronic toy using a small computer about the size of a cigarette box, which is then connected to an electronic device.”

Mr Parker said the small computer, which is called a Raspberry Pi, was designed to give digital access to school students.

He said: “One group of students designed a bilingual toy, which was able to speak in both English and Welsh.

“Another group designed a toy which was more suitable for younger children which was birds in a nest which talk.”

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6:48pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Dirty Little Serifs says...

Congratulations to the students who took part, and their family members who came in to help on the intergenerational project.

It was a pleasure for Dirty Little Serifs to work with such talented students and with the inspiring team at 'Switch'.

Big thank you to Ebbw Fach Communities First for funding the project!
Congratulations to the students who took part, and their family members who came in to help on the intergenerational project. It was a pleasure for Dirty Little Serifs to work with such talented students and with the inspiring team at 'Switch'. Big thank you to Ebbw Fach Communities First for funding the project! Dirty Little Serifs
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