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Ocklynge Robots Project

A project by: Lynsey Swingler


WE RAISED £1,006

from 12 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 14 Jul 2017
A sustainable model helping to inspire children to create and control machines. Learning for fun.

Key stats

% of students on pupil premium at our school: 8%

Number of students this will benefit: 880

Age of students: 7-11


Raising £1078 to directly fund resources for inspiring pupils to learn new skills through robots. These are outside of our traditional curriculum but teach perseverance, creativity and teamwork - essential skills for employers of the future.

My students

Ocklynge Junior School is one of the biggest junior schools in the country with nearly 900 pupils in four year groups. There is a broad socio-economic mix with a lower than national average percentage of disadvantaged children, however because of the size of the school, this is a large number of children. A recent Ofsted inspection in October 2016 judged the school to be inadequate however a great deal of work has been done since then to move the school forward.

My project

We want to raise the profile of STEM subjects at Ocklynge, giving children the chance to be inspired by real world projects using a wide range of essential employability skills including teamwork, perseverance and ingenuity. There is a growing network of primary and secondary schools that are working together to share ideas and resources. One local school has brought in a specialist teacher of technology to train teachers, run classes and set up an after school club to design and build robots. At Ocklynge, we would like to use this expertise to improve outcomes for our young people. It's fun, engaging and fascinating.

Where your donation goes

We plan to purchase 15 remote radio control units and servos to allow design and build of basic robot models. Staff in each year group would also attend training sessions on design and technology essential skills.

Antweight Robot parts list For 15 kits kit:

15 x Transmitter / receiver @ £32.99 each = £494.85


30 x 360° servo @ £12.00 each = £360.00


15 x Battery Holder - 4 x AA (2x2) - Futaba Connector @ £3.00 each = £45.00


400 x AA Duracell batteries (buy in packs of 100) @ £0.30 = £120.00


1 x Glue sticks @ £4.20 (for all kits) = £4.20


2 x Spare receivers @ £16.00 each = £32.00


Credit card fees (2%): £22 (to cover the fees charged by the payment provider)

Grand total = £1,078

Help us reach our target!

You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog. And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please support us and help make a difference to our students.

3 weeks, 3 days ago

So pleased with where we have got to. Thanks to everyone who has pledged and to those who have clicked, liked, shared and talked about this. We are so nearly at our target. It means every student at Ocklynge School will benefit from robot sessions in their classrooms. These will be open to Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. We hope to run an after school club too.

Keep sharing and keep telling people about our project! Any extra funds will go towards clubs and training.

Thank you!!

Lynsey and the team

1 month, 2 weeks ago

We are nearly half way to our minimum target of £529 thanks to some very generous donations! If we can get to our target then Nesta will match our funding. It's really exciting seeing this project come to life.

Thanks everyone!

1 month, 2 weeks ago

Brilliant! Thanks to your pledges so far, we are over the first £100 of our target. Keep sharing with friends, colleagues and anyone else you can think of!

Nesta - The Innovation Foundation matchfunded £503

Lynsey Swingler

generated 99 clicks and caused 3 donations totalling £60.00

Marcus Cherrill

generated 285 clicks, donated, and caused 4 donations totalling £58.00

Rebecca Clayton-Harding

generated 4 clicks and donated £10.00

1 anonymous donation of £3.00

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Hope it all goes well!

Thanks so much to our supporters so far. We have £45 pledged and this is just in the first few days. Nesta and the Rocket Fund will match everything we raise over £511. Do share with friends, neighbours, colleagues and even your pets! Thank you!

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833