Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Innovators: Greenwood Academy Students Thrive at the GBSIoT Hub

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT) Hub recently had the pleasure of hosting 30 talented year 10 students from Greenwood Academy in Birmingham for an immersive coding day. This exciting event, organized in collaboration with Aimhigher and Aston University, aimed to inspire and engage young minds in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and showcase the immense potential of coding and robotics.


The day commenced with an introduction to the world of coding, designed to provide the students with a solid foundation in programming principles. They learned about algorithms, logical thinking, and problem-solving, essential skills for any aspiring coder. The objective was not just to teach them how to code, but to foster a deep understanding of the underlying concepts and ignite a passion for innovation.


One of the highlights of the day was the students’ interaction with MakeBlock MBot robots. These captivating robotic companions served as the perfect canvas for their coding endeavors. Equipped with ipads and MBots, the students enthusiastically embraced the challenge of programming the robots to follow specific commands, navigate obstacles, and even perform coordinated dances. The atmosphere was that of excitement as the MBots executed their tasks. The students’ engagement were a testament to their determination and the effectiveness of the hands-on learning experience.

In addition to the MBot robots, the students also had the opportunity to explore Lego Education Spike Prime Hopper activity. Collaborating in teams, they harnessed their creativity to construct and program robotic creatures using Lego bricks and an intuitive coding interface. In this challenge, the students were tasked with designing multiple prototypes to discover the most efficient way to move a robot without wheels. This activity encouraged critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork, as the students worked together to bring their imaginative designs to life.  By encouraging them to think critically and experiment with different designs, the Hopper Challenge instilled in the students the importance of iterative prototyping and the ability to generate multiple solutions to a problem. It served as a valuable lesson in the power of innovation and the endless possibilities that arise when we think beyond traditional approaches.

Throughout the day, the Greenwood Academy students exhibited exceptional enthusiasm and passion for coding. Their active participation and dedication to mastering new skills were truly inspiring. Witnessing their animated discussions, their eagerness to experiment, and their determination to overcome challenges was a testament to their potential as future tech leaders.


We are delighted to have played a role in nurturing the students’ interest in coding and robotics. At the GBSIoT Hub, our mission is to empower the next generation of tech innovators and provide them with the resources and support necessary to succeed. It was a pleasure to witness the students’ growth and the spark of curiosity that ignited within them.


We were delighted to work with Aimhigher and Aston University in making this coding day possible. Their commitment to fostering a passion for STEM education aligns perfectly with our own vision. Together, we can inspire and shape the future of technology by empowering young minds and nurturing their innate curiosity and talent.


As the students bid farewell to the GBSIoT Hub, we are confident that their visit has left an indelible mark on their educational journey. We look forward to witnessing their future accomplishments as they continue to explore the fascinating world of coding and robotics.