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Crawley College steps into the future with new robots

This comes as part of a project designed to support creative uses of IT and develop skills in coding, design and human computer interaction.



Students Jack and Charlie working with the new technology.

The IT Academy at Crawley College has just purchased 8 Makeblock 10-in-1 Robot Kits to support students’ understanding of mechanical design, electronics and programming.

Having built the kits, IT students are now busy programming the robots to perform a variety of functions, including use as camera dolly robots which are being developed with help from Creative Media students.

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Crawley College says it is committed to promoting practical projects that utilise IT skills to prepare students for the workplaces of the future.

This particular project is designed to support creative uses of IT and develop skills in coding, design and human computer interaction.

Dan Creed, the Head of Learning, for IT, Creative Media and Engineering says:

“I’m really excited to see the students testing their IT knowledge with robotics. In a world where software engineering is becoming more important to everyday life this is a key skill moving forward for manufacturing and these kits help develop understanding of how to use programing to give instruction for machines. The important point here to encourage creative thinking along with professional approaches to project development.”

Ben and Oliver enjoy building the robots kits.

The IT Academy at Crawley College continues to offer a modern, interactive learning environment complete with cutting-edge technology and software to enhance the digital and computing skills of young people and those already working in the IT industry. In addition, the college offers an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses. The college is keen to explore ways of improving digital skills in the local community and welcomes any opportunities to support individuals or groups.

The next Crawley College Open Evening takes place on Thursday 7 June, and on Saturday 9 June, the college is hosting a Taster Day, open to people of all ages to come along and try their hand at a number of courses and activities.

For more information regarding IT, Creative Media, Engineering or any other of the courses at Crawley College, please visit Applications for September 2018 are still being accepted.

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Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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