Girvan Academy pupils to benefit from new technology

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Girvan Academy pupils are set to benefit from an exciting new science and technology programme when they start the new school session in August.

The ‘Pi in the Sky’ resource was launched earlier this month by the Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) and Girvan Academy is set to be one of 12 secondary schools in Ayrshire to benefit from the service.

Budding young scientists will be challenged to create a weather station using state-of-the-art resource kits, which include two Raspberry Pi credit card sized computers, as well as sensors to monitor temperature, light, air pressure and humidity.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high defintion video, to making spreadsheets, word processing and playing game.

The YESC was launched by the Scottish Council for Development and Indutry (SCDI).

Jane Martin, YESC Programme Director said: “Coding can be difficult at first, so Pi in the Sky is an innovative resource that allows young people to work together and have fun whilst learning an important new skill.

“By the end of the project, students will have created a tangible wortking weather station that will bring lines of code to life and highlight the limitless creative possibilities code can bring.”

The other schools in South Ayrshire that will be receiving this resource are Prestwick Academy as well as Ayr based secondary schools Belmont Academy and Queen Margaret Academy.

Pi In the Sky are backed by funders including the Scottish Government and Tomorrow’s Engineers and the programme is set to allow children to breeze through the learning of their programming skills a whole lot quicker.