Children build their own robots at Malvern Festival of Innovation
- Children from across the Midlands built their own robots at this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation
- Groups of children from ten different schools were given the chance to build their own programmable robots at a series of workshops held on Tuesday 3rd October at the Three Counties Showground
- As well as building the robots (which will be donated to the schools), pupils were shown how to programme them and carry out a series of challenges such as following a route through an obstacle course.
- The robot building workshop was organised and run by Educational Technology guru Brett Laniosh from Bromsgrove based Catshill Learning Partnerships. The robots were sponsored by global IT company CGI group
- Building a robot is a creative process involving problem solving that promotes independent learning and gives children experience of real world physical computing, science, technology and mathematics
As sales of electric cars rise and government ministers have announced an £8 million fund for trials of driverless lorries, the next generation of technologists and engineers will be given an opportunity to see the tech in action and get hands on experience of robot building.
Brett said, “We wanted to introduce young people to robotics and engineering and these fun workshops will be an opportunity for 40 children from different schools to do just that. As well as developing problem solving skills, their finished robot will give the children a sense of achievement. It will also help to foster a love for science and technology. We are delighted that CGI Group has sponsored the workshops which will mean that the completed robots will be given to the schools to use in class. Who knows, perhaps one of these young robot builders will be part of a team that builds your next electric car or even a future Mars rover.”
About Catshill Learning Partnerships:
Catshill Learning Partnerships is a computing, ICT and online safety network, providing curriculum support and advice to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.