PUPILS from primary schools across the Devizes area met at Nursteed Community Primary School last week to take part in a morning exploring technology and computer programming.

The High Ability Computing for Kids (HACK) event on Thursday, July 6, saw children from Nursteed, All Cannings, Bishops Cannings, Chirton, Wansdyke, Southbroom St James, Rowde, Trinity and Devizes schools all meet to share ideas and learn about programming and robotics.

In a report of the day Emily Rees and Gemma Haynes - year six pupils from Nursteed - said: “Firstly a policeman came and talked to us about internet safety and then each school or company had something to share with everyone; from digital rock, paper, scissors to virtual reality to green screen animation.

“The Devizes cluster of schools had been planning the event for months and wanted something special to promote technology and to celebrate the work of primary school children.

“The day was a great success and everyone had lots of fun and the morning was documented using a special Twitter account, @HACKdevizes.”

Technologies showcased at the day included e-safety advice; robot coding website ‘Scratch’; electronic rock, paper, scissors; virtual reality headsets; and green screen videos and animation.

Nursteed teacher Amanda Dunstone said: “The morning was buzzing with creativity! The children were excited by the technology and the exhibitors were impressed with their enthusiasm.”