Sony UK Technology Centre is to partner Ospreys in the Community for the fifth consecutive year having welcomed over 43 primary schools from Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea during 2015-16.
Pictured: Blaengarw Primary School pupils at Sony UK Technology Centre
More than 1,300 year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the programme in 2015-16, which focuses on helping to increase attainment in children at Key Stage 2. Pupils are given an introduction to Sony and the evolution in electronic devices followed by a full factory tour. They learn about the importance of team work before watching 4k content in the Sony cinema and creating their own digital content using the latest broadcast equipment and green screen technology.
The programme has been developed with education departments at the three unitary authorities in the region to ensure it satisfies National Curriculum objectives and assists in the development of key skills. Pupils also enjoy a fully interactive tour of the Liberty Stadium, home of the Ospreys, before the programme culminates with an inclusive rugby festival for all 30 schools.
Capacity has now been doubled for the next academic year with additional staff recruited by Ospreys in the Community. Bookings are now being taken for spring 2017 with the autumn terms already full.
Paul Whapham, Foundation Manager, Ospreys in the Community said:
“The Ospreys Schools Programme has gone from strength to strength with more primary school children then ever learning with the Ospreys. Due to unprecedented demand, resources have been doubled for the 2016/17 academic year and we will continue to work with Ospreylia based Aspire2Be, one of the UK’s leading education technology companies along with Sony UK Technology Centre to help support teachers delivering lessons which engage with all pupils including the hard to reach.”
Gerald Kelly, Director of Professional Services at Sony UK Technology Centre added:
“As a business, we actively encourage young people to engage with STEM subjects in an increasingly technological society. Our work with the Ospreys is part of our broader commitment to inspiring the next generation to consider engineering, manufacturing and technology as future career options.”
About Sony UK Technology Centre
Sony UK Technology Centre is a division of Sony Europe Limited.
Headed up by Steve Dalton OBE, the Sony UK Technology Centre is the manufacturing and customer service centre for Sony Europe and houses 33 related start-up companies.
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992, the Sony UK Technology Centre is a 30,000 m² building based in Pencoed, Bridgend.
The Sony UK Technology Centre has developed a reputation for manufacturing excellence, which has been recognised through the receipt of four Queen’s Awards for Export, as well as the Queen’s Award for the Environment. The centre is certified ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 13485 (medical) and ISO 14001 (environment), Investors in People Gold Standard and is a previous winner of the British Quality Award.
The Sony UK Technology Centre is a socially aware business that seeks to minimise its impact on the environment, supports its local community through charity work and sponsorship, and has the welfare of its staff at the heart of its operation.
For more information please visit: www.sonypencoed.co.uk