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Innovation Lab inspiring local schools


The Innovation Lab at Coleford Library is welcoming two local schools to take part in creative digital workshops.


English Bicknor Church of England Primary School, in Coleford, will be the first to visit the newly refurbished Innovation Lab, in advance of its official opening on 29 July.

On Tuesday 9 July, pupils from years 5 and 6 will be taking part in the first of a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and digital workshops delivered in partnership with SPP Pumps in Coleford.

Hayley Alliston, head teacher at English Bicknor Church of England Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first schools to take part in this exciting initiative with Gloucestershire Libraries. Digital technology is such a big part of the world we live in and it is hugely important that our young people are prepared for the future. Having this local resource is a great opportunity for our pupils and we hope that this visit will be the first of many.”

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are proud to be forming such strong links with local businesses and we are really pleased to be working in partnership with SPP Pumps to deliver these workshops to support local schools.”

St John’s Academy, Coleford, will be taking part in a second workshop on 16 July.

Transport to both workshops has been funded by SPP Pumps and will be supported by their team of STEM Ambassadors.

Funded by Gfirst LEP as part of their Growth Hub Expansion, the Innovation Lab aims to bring the digital technology of the future to businesses, schools and communities in libraries across Gloucestershire.

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