FREE – 2016/17 – BT Adastral Park Schools Event Programme

Are all your teachers and teaching assistants confident teaching the new Computing Curriculum?

Would you like to investigate how to include the computing curriculum within your existing lessons and how you may already be doing so without realising?

Would you like your students to extend their knowledge of coding beyond scratch by using inexpensive programmable robots?

BT is passionate about helping students develop vital tech literacy skills and preparing for their future careers. Computing is at the heart tech literacy and here at BT’s global R&D headquarters at Adastral Park, Ipswich we’ve put together an exciting programme of FREE computing events for the 2016/17 school year designed to support both students and teachers. All the activities are free and have been developed and tested with teachers in Suffolk so they have clear links into the Computing Curriculum. Many are also cross-curricula and can be positioned within other subjects such as maths and science as well as English, history and the creative arts.

Please e-mail Jill at for more details and registration.

FREE Barefoot Computing workshops for Primary School Teachers 


Supporting Teachers“Absolutely brilliant! The staff really enjoyed it and I know they want to do more. THANK YOU!!” Principal, Avocet Academy, Suffolk.

FREE in-school workshops for Primary school teachers & teaching assistants as part of the national Barefoot Computing programme. Barefoot workshops explore the core concepts in the computing curriculum and highlight the relationship to everyday lessons. The workshops also introduce free, high-quality resources that have been developed by teachers for use in the classroom covering Reception through to Year 6, including some example SEND resources.

Over 100 primary schools in Suffolk have had a workshop so far and over 2000 nationally. Workshops last 1½ hours and are ideal for your weekly after-school meeting.

Please e-mail Jill at for more details and registration.

FREE UK RoboCup Junior Competitions – taster days and UK National competitions

RoboCup JuniorRobocup Junior is part of the international Robocup series and sees schools from around the world compete in a variety of robotics and coding competitions. Schools from Suffolk have been representing the UK since 2014 with outstanding results. In 2016 Beccles Free School became the UK’s first RoboCup Junior world champions!

RoboCup Junior offers several challenges, each emphasizing both cooperative and competitive aspects. It provides an exciting introduction to the field of robotics, developing technical abilities through hands-on experience with electronics, hardware and software, and a highly motivating opportunity to learn about teamwork while sharing technology with friends.

CoSpace RescueRoboCupJr CoSpace Rescue – Teams develop and program appropriate strategies for virtual autonomous robots to navigate around virtual worlds to collect objects whilst competing with another team’s robot. The CoSpace Rescue Simulator is the only official platform and can be downloaded free of charge and allows programs to be developed using a graphical programming interface or C language.

RobCup LineRoboCupJr Rescue Line Tracking The land is simply too dangerous for humans to reach the victim! Your team has been given the most difficult tasks. It must be able to carry out the rescue mission in fully autonomous mode with no human assistance.

RoboCup StageRoboCupJr OnStage invites teams to develop a creative stage performance using autonomous robots that they have designed, built and programmed. The objective is to create a robotic performance of 1 to 2 minutes that uses technology to engage an audience. The challenge is intended to be open-ended. This includes a whole range of possible performances, for example dance, storytelling, theatre or an art installation. The performance may involve music but this is optional. Teams are encouraged to be as creative, innovative and entertaining, in both the design of the robots and in the design of the overall performance.

Please e-mail Jill at for more details and registration.

All activities in the BT programme are FREE and delivered by Adastral Park volunteers.

Check out the full programme list here.

Student Interactive Robotics Taster Day based on the Crumble Robot9 January

During the day the students will be using a Crumble Robot to complete both line tracking and light following tasks and compete in a fun challenge at the end of the day. The Crumble is relatively inexpensive and is programmed using a scratch like interface.

No previous experience of robotics is required to take part in the day but previous experience of the Scratch programming environment is required. You don’t need to bring anything except yourselves and your packed lunch; water, coffee and tea will be provided.

[Attendees: – Years 4-7, knowledge of Scratch required] – (Status: Places available).

Student RoboCupJr Improver Days – CoSpace Rescue – 11-13 January

Ideal opportunity for your students that have been using CoSpace over the last term to advance their skills and develop debugging, tinkering and perseverance. The students will be set a challenge, have an opportunity to explore the use of C within the CoSpace environment and take part in a mini competition, all with the support of the BT volunteers.

[Attendees:  January 11 & 12 Primary, Year 5–6, 13 January Secondary] – (Status: Places available).

Please e-mail Jill at for more details and registration.