Pupils have a ball with glitterbugs

Pupils have a ball with glitterbugs

13th November 2013


PRIMARY children have been taking their creations to the ugly bug ball in a move designed to promote technology and help them adjust to secondary school life.

The Allertonshire School, Northallerton, hosted a Year 6 technology day as part of a programme of events which act as ice-breakers for their future schooling.

Children from Romanby Primary School were the latest to enjoy sessions which throughout the year attract up to 300 pupils.

Head of design technology Anthony Clarkson staged a day of glitterbug making culminating in a ball dance off spectacular with prizes for the best dancer, ugliest, most attractive and the most individual insect.

“It’s a great exercise and the children really enjoyed it,” said Mr Clarkson. “They have to design and decorate a bug, attach an electric motor and an eccentric cam which makes it vibrate and dance.

“They start with nothing then take home a completely working model and there has been some fabulous work.”

He said the students had fun learning and they would find the transition to the Allertonshire easier next year.

Romanby Primary School Year 5 and 6 teacher added: “It has been a fantastic day, one they will remember. They have not only had a great time but also now know the school which will help them enormously next year.”

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