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Education training franchise, ComputerXplorers, South West Scotland, has been commissioned by BP to hold a series of 10 alternative energy workshops for children following the success of a pilot course held at Dykehead Primary School in Shotts last year.

John McGill, Director of ComputerXplorers South West Scotland, said: “I’m delighted that a company of BP’s stature has asked ComputerXplorers to deliver part of its schools programme. The original course was a great hit with the children at Dykehead Primary as it fitted in perfectly with the work the school was already doing in conjunction with a local windfarm.”

The innovative workshops use the Lego eLab renewable energy set to investigate the concepts of energy, sources of energy and electricity. The first four courses were recently held at schools in Aberdeen and taught by the East Kilbride-based ICT educational specialist ComputerXplorers South West Scotland. Five more workshops will be held during National Science Week in March.

Lynne Staples-Scott, Corporate Responsibility Manager for BP North Sea, said: “Our education programme focuses on activities which aim to enthuse young people about science and technology and familiarise them with the world of work. We work with a number of partners to deliver hands-on workshops in schools across the age range and look forward to receiving the feedback from schools after they have experienced the ComputerXplorers activity.”

ComputerXplorers provides ICT classes for children aged three to 13. The company aims to help children to master technological skills at an early age and increase their e-confidence and competence, giving students a great head start to their education.


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