Brilliant Books had a visit today from Dr.Paul Beardsley from the Disney Research Institute in Zurich.
Paul grew up in Mansfield. Part of the reason he travelled over from Zurich to see eighteen kids with similar backgrounds is that he is a massive reader and always has been.
|A typical Disney robot - Wall-E!|
Paul told me that without reading, he would not be where he is today. And unlike some, he really HAS achieved what it says on his CV.
Not bad for a lad from Mansfield - one of the most impoverished towns in the UK and a perennial fixture in the relegation spots for crime, ill health, poor education and unemployment.
Here are some of the highlights:
|Harry Potter - an ever popular favourite with the kids|
The Brilliant Books project is funded by the
Big Lottery Fund - your £2 goes further
than you think
Shellie, seen here working on building robots, passionately
supports the project as a Mentor, working with the pupils in small groups
Some of the books supplied to the kids - that they can take home and read -
by the Brilliant Books Project
Dr Beardsley inspired the pupils to work in teams to build robots, following
instructions and then they had to design their own - the results
will be in The Scribes of Seely, the Brilliant Books anthology.
Here's an example :)
All in all, it was a fantastic day, one of the best so far and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks, Dr Paul!