School benefits from outdoor stem classes

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Community charity Groundwork East has received a £5,000 donation from Amazon in Tilbury to run a science project at a school in Grays.

Groundwork works with a variety of partners to change places and lives within local communities.

The £5,000 donation from Amazon Tilbury was used to develop outdoor STEM school sessions, which focused on using technology to discover the natural world and citizen science. Groundwork worked with Warren Primary School in Grays, delivering four sessions over two days, to a range of classes within the school. The sessions used a variety of apps to help the pupils discover local wildlife.

In addition, Amazon Tilbury also supplied Warren Primary School with four Kindle devices.

Speaking on the donation, Amazon Tilbury’s General Manager, Sertac Yilmaz, explained: “It was a pleasure to provide a donation to Groundwork and Warren Primary School.

“It’s great to see how our Kindle technology can be used to interact and learn about the natural environment, and it is a pleasure to know that we have improved education facilities in our local community.”

Anna Martin, Operations Manager at Groundwork, said: “We were delighted to work with Amazon on this project. Connecting children with nature and encouraging them to learn and explore outdoors is important to us, but we also recognise their desire to use technology, so this project helped us to encompass both these elements.

“We hope the school continues to use the devices Amazon gave them to enjoy discovering the natural world.”

Ian Broyd, Headteacher at Warren Primary School, said: “The school is incredibly grateful for Groundwork’s efforts with our school children and the generosity shown by Amazon Tilbury.

“It’s a joy to see our students incredibly engaged in the environment, and I hope it has piqued interest for their future endeavours.

“A huge thanks to both Groundwork and Amazon Tilbury.”

The donation forms part of the “Amazon In The Community” programme whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

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