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Marling school, one of the first to participate in the Skills Gap Programme pilot, has successfully completed a challenging project to create programmable robot buggies, working with industry partner, Renishaw, and guided by the Skills Gap team.
D&T teachers received technical training from Renishaw engineers, as an initial step in the programme, to enhance their skills in computer programming, advanced electrical and electronic systems and intelligence in products. With further input and advice from business coaches, teachers have now supported Year 8 through their chosen project to design, programme and build their own robot buggies. 
Celebrating the conclusion of the project, students were proud to show off their individual buggies,in action, at a presentation to Renishaw employees and the Skills Gap team. Students explained their learning journeys, describing the knowledge and skills which they had developed during the project and detailing problems they had encountered and how these had been solved.  
Renishaw coaches gave very positive feedback, commending the teachers’ enthusiasm and applauding students for the impressive standard of presentations, individuality of designs and range of working models.
Both teachers and students strongly appreciated the business partnership which facilitated their achievements. Steve Berry, Head of Design and Technology at Marling school said “The support from the business was fantastic and their expertise was invaluable for all of us. The students have been inspired by working with engineers and are eager to do more.” He added “The project was demanding but very rewarding, particularly when the pupils saw what they could achieve on their own, creating something from first principles rather than a kit. It has been great for the staff too, sharing new skills and working as a team.”

 
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