PUPILS from a Forth Valley high school learned all about coding recently thanks to tech experts from a global company.

Dunblane High School pupils took part in a special STEM day with IT and business consulting services company CGI.

The schoolchildren from S2 teamed up into groups of eight to 10 throughout the day to take part in interactive activities using special robots called Spheros so they could find out all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

They coded the Spheros to navigate round a DIY obstacle course, put together by the group in the classroom during the 50-minute sessions. 

Stuart MacKay, head teacher at Dunblane High School, said: “We are delighted that CGI was able to support our STEM Day.

“As a school, we recognise the huge importance of encouraging our pupils to consider a career in STEM.

“Our STEM Day aims to provide an opportunity for them to not only meet and learn from STEM professionals, such as the team from CGI, but gain a taste of the sort of skills needed to thrive in this field.”

Lindsay McGranaghan, CGI vice president and Scotland Business Unit leader, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to support Dunblane High School’s STEM Day, by providing enjoyable, interactive activities for the pupils to enjoy.

“But there is also a serious message behind it – we need more young people to realise the benefits and opportunities of choosing and studying towards a STEM career.

“For CGI, it has never been more important to encourage talent and innovation in our sector.”