Primary school pupils in Aberdeen have taken to a miniature sports field as part of a science festival – to battle robots.
The youngsters took part in a very modern game of Beat the Goalie against the Lego creations.
Primary 2 and 3 pupils at Charleston Primary School, in Cove, met their robotic counterparts as part of Generation Science – a touring programme of science shows delivered by Edinburgh International Science Festival and supported by Total E&P.
Generation Science will tour 15 schools in Aberdeen and 5 in Aberdeenshire during the spring and summer terms.
While at the robot sports training camp, the pupils used Lego WeDo to build their own goalkeepers and programmed them to cover goals in a World Cup-style penalty shoot-out in a workshop entitled “Bricks and Blocks”.
Head teacher at Charleston Primary School Laura Fowler said: “We were delighted to welcome the Generation Science tour to the school.
“Bricks and Blocks is an excellent way of engaging children with science and teaching them the basics of computer programming using a hands-on practical approach, which our school can then follow up with general discussion.”
Six-year-old pupil Sarah Brewster said: “I really liked how it was all powered by the robots.”
Since Generation Science began touring more than 25 years ago, it has reached well over one million pupils in Scotland and remains the largest education outreach provider in the UK.
Projects manager Joan Davidson said: “We are delighted to be touring to Charleston School this year. Thanks to our supporters like Total, we will visit over 600 schools in Scotland, educating young learners about the wonder of science and its real world applications.
“Our aim is to improve the provision of science education in Scottish primary schools, bring science to life and inform, inspire and engage young learners in science.”