Tadcaster-based Lambert Engineering recently welcomed Year 6 pupils from Riverside Community Primary for an afternoon of technology and innovation.
The school approached the Station Estate-based firm to help with topics including robotics, mirrors, light and car design.
“For the first time in the history of the company 10 and 11-year-olds were welcomed into the facility,” said a Lambert spokesman.
“Children had fun manually programming a Staubli 6 axis robot to perform basic pick and place manoeuvres and then played a game of catch with the same robot.
“Videos of the different types of robots and the tasks they perform once programmed by the Lambert team proved extremely popular and raised lots of questions.”
Riverside Headteacher Ian Yapp said: “In September last year primary schools introduced a new curriculum with the challenge of pupils using programming languages and control interfaces with primary age pupils. We are also increasingly tasked to ‘prepare’ children for life in modern society. This visit has combined these to great effect.
“Our pupils have seen how ICT can be used in cutting edge technology to create innovative workplace solutions in a world class business. Great thanks to Lambert for being community minded in all they do.”