Robots will be helping hardworking Horsham school kids to unwind after their SATs, thanks to a new initiative which will open up the wonders of technology.
TechyTots is offering free workshops to schools whose Year 2 and 6 children have just completed their SATs , as a way of rewarding and celebrating the achievement of pupils.
The company, which is run by Sarah Hamilton, brings together technology and play to introduce children to coding – the system which makes it possible to create everything from websites to computers.
Now teachers have the chance to apply for two one-hour taster sessions, which will see Sarah Hamilton from Horsham visit the lucky schools with her collection of robots and gadgets.
Sarah Hamilton said: “We are the very first class of this kind and our aim is to work on the first steps of coding with children at a young age. We believe this is instrumental for helping them to prepare for the technical world we now live in whilst making it fun.
“We decided to run the SATs initiative to celebrate the children’s success and offer schools a rewarding, fun activity to de-stress the children after all of their hard work.
“In our sessions, we encourage children to code by using robots and the most advanced toys available on the market. We also use unplugged play and activities which engage problem solving skills, early maths, confidence, critical thinking and creativity.”
Founded in May 2017, by Gemma Murray, from South Shields, TechyTots, runs in number of schools and nurseries across the north east and south east and already has nine franchises throughout the UK and Ireland – with aims to expand even further.
Recently the business partnered with the British multinational enterprise software company Sage, to deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) days in its UK and Ireland offices.
It was also nominated for ‘Best New Children’s Activity’ in the What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2018 and Gemma snapped up the ‘Women in STEM’ accolade at the North East Business Woman of the Year Awards in 2018.
Sarah Hamilton added: “It’s very exciting at the moment for TechyTots, we have lots of plans in the pipeline and are ever expanding. We are always keen to hear from prospective franchisees too, to help spread the love of coding even further.
“We teach many children who have been taking their SATs this month and would like to wish them all lots of luck.”
To apply for the free taster session, schools need to email Sarah.Hamilton@techytots.co.uk
by Wednesday 5th of June , including the school’s name, address and year group they would like to nominate.