Ilkeston pupils make slime at Minecraft day

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A Minecraft-themed day was held at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy (OIEA) for more than 300 primary school pupils.

A total of 336 pupils from year five at Cotmanhay Junior, Granby Junior, Chaucer Junior, Hallam Fields Junior, Dallimore and Kensington Primary Schools visited the academy over two days.

They enjoyed a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering/computing and maths) activities based on the popular computer game Minecraft, which allows players to build virtual worlds.

Pupils made super slime in the science laboratories in the academy’s £6.2m new build, they also created their own Minecraft character on a computer, made cookies, keyrings and wallets.

Academy students in years seven to 11 helped out during the sessions and a current academy student was assigned to support year five pupils at their former primary school.

Kay Kearton, head of year seven and transition, said the event was a great success.

She said: “We were delighted to welcome so many year five pupils to see the academy and give them a taste of what life is like here for our students.

“They were given the opportunity to make slime and they had a go at baking or pendant making, used the computers and the technology equipment.

“Our students were a great help and loved interacting with pupils from their old schools.

“They were a real credit to the academy.”