SCHOOLCHILDREN are being given the chance to build themselves a brighter future.

Siemens Subsea in Ulverston has helped raise funds for a set of Lego learning equipment at Sacred Heart Primary School in Barrow.

The school had already begun fundraising for the kits before the school’s IT coordinator Jeni Marshall approached the business for help.

John Rogers, principal engineer at Siemens Subsea, said: “We were more than happy to support this project to help develop coding and computing in the school. The school had started fundraising to purchase the Lego WeDo 2.0 kits so we knew they were keen to get started. We were able to donate four kits to the school and are looking forward to continuing to support the school throughout their Lego learning journey.”

Lego WeDo 2.0 sets are aimed to help educate young children in various different science and computing skills, covering topics such as life, physical, earth, and space sciences, as well as engineering.

The sets are designed to help develop STEM skills, science technology, engineering and mathematics. Lego provides a free instructional software that gives children various activities and tasks to finish with the kit, designed to help develop problem solving skills.

The set contains a storage set, sorting trays, labels, a Smarthub, a Medium Motor, Motion Sensor, a Tilt Sensor, and enough building elements for two pupils. The set allows pupils to learn through project based activities and helps develop a variety of skills.

Jeni said: “Without this generous support the children may have missed out on this part of the curriculum.

"Hopefully this will give the children a new and exciting way of learning and enable them to gain new invaluable skills they can carry on into Key Stage 2.”

Siemens Subsea is one of the leading bodies for its expertly designed subsea connector and measurement technology that is utilised by the oil and gas industry worldwide.

It has taken on 24 apprentices and currently staffs around 250 employees.