As part of a unique project to design a STEM-inspired ‘playground for the future’, a group of school children from across Europe visited AkzoNobel’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ashington.
The year six pupils, who hail from Germany, Italy, Poland and Ashington’s own Bothal Primary School enjoyed a full day at the plant where they were treated to site tours, an interactive colour workshop, a virtual reality experience as well as a surprise visit from AkzoNobel’s iconic Dulux dog.
The children have been taking turns since the project commenced in September 2017 to visit each other’s schools overseas during key phases of the project. Bothal Primary School was responsible for hosting the children during a key design phase and helped to organise the visit to AkzoNobel.
“The ERASMUS+ scheme is a European funded programme designed to enable schools from other countries to work together collaboratively on a project,” explained Leanne Johnson, assistant head of school at the Ashington Learning Partnership Trust.
“We place a huge emphasis on STEM across all of our primary school sites so when we saw that the International School of Stuttgart was looking for partner schools on a STEM-based project to design a futuristic playground, we jumped at the opportunity to get involved.