Leading role for robot kids at opening Google data center

06 december 2016 | Pupils of two primary schools in Loppersum – De Zandplaat and the Abt Emo School – presented their own Meccanoid robot during the opening of the Google data center. Each school built and programmed a robot: an achievement of ICD’s primary schools pilot!

Who would not like to play a leading role in the opening of Google’s largest data center in the world located in the Eemshaven, province of Groningen? On Tuesday December 6, pupils of two primary schools in Loppersum – De Zandplaat and the Abt Emo School – got this opportunity and each school presented its own robot!

Each school a robot

We want to draw the attention of primary pupils to technology. Because we already have a shortage of employees with the proper technological qualifications, it is essential to get primary and secondary school pupils interested in technology. We have to show them that technology is fun!

We therefore started a pilot with a teaching package that involves building a real Meccanoid robot and learning how to program it. This allows pupils to experience the opportunities of technology and to discover how much fun it is. The video of the pilot was show at the opening of the Google data center in the Eemshaven on December 6, 2016.

The video shows the children working on their robots. The look on their faces says it all. Our pilot was successful! Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, and Vice President of Google Netherlands, Joe Kava, are also enthusiastic, and so are we!

Opening Google data center

Read more about the opening of the Google data center, and view the photo impression.

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