Members of Holy Cross Primary School's Raspberry Pi Club are pictured with Mr Chris Weller, left, and Mr Drew Marshall, right, both of Trunk Networks.

Boost for Raspberry Pi club at Holy Cross School

Five cars and wireless Raspberry Pi hard drives that will turn them into remote control vehicles have been presented to Holy Cross Primary School in Uckfield.

The kit has been provided by the Uckfield-based internet service provider, and software developer, Trunk Networks.

Once the Raspberry Pis have been coded using a computer during the after school club, the hand-built vehicles will become fully working raceable cars remote controlled from laptops.

Drew Marshall owner of Trunk Networks said: “We are delighted to be able to provide Holy Cross School with all the kits to make the cars. The kit includes the chassis, motor, wheels, Raspberry Pi, all the cables and wires to make it run.”

He believes his company’s £200 spend on the kit is worth it to encourage more children into IT, especially girls.

He said: “We donated these kits to the school because we believe in the development and education of young people in IT.

“We actively encourage females into technology and coding because they’re massively under-represented in the industry. I’m really pleased that Holy Cross’s new Raspberry Pi club has girls in it.”

The after-school club is headed up by Trunk Network software development manager, and parent of a child at Holy Cross, Mr Chris Weller.

He has given up his spare time to help the children build and code the cars. He is supported by Holy Cross Year 1 and 2 teacher Miss Charlotte Travers.

Mr Marshall said: “If there’s something we can do to encourage IT we’ll do it. As the world becomes more code-centric it’s imporant for us to inspire young people.

“In the next 20 years I suspect most jobs will require coding skills and the children who are more familiar with coding will find it easier in the future.”

Headteacher, Mrs Cathy Dart, said: “We are really grateful to Trunk Networks and Mr Weller for giving our children the opportunity to get into the cutting edge of coding.

“It’s also god for our staff especially Miss Travers who is supporting Mr Weller and learning so amuch alongside the children. We’re pleased to be honing the skills of our staff and children for the future.

“It’s excellent for he school to be at the forefront of the latest tech. It sets our school apart as we embrace the fast-moving world of technology and encourage the children and staff to get on board and keep up with it.”

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