Children build their own robots at Malvern Festival of Innovation
- Children from across the Midlands will be building their own robots at this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation
- Groups of children from ten different schools will be given the chance to build their own programmable robots at a series of workshops on Tuesday 3rd October at the Three Counties Showground
- As well as building the robots (which will be donated to the schools), pupils will be 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 has been organised by and will be run by Educational Technology guru Brett Laniosh from Bromsgrove based Catshill Learning Partnerships. The robots have been 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.
At a series of free workshops at the Malvern Festival of Innovation on Tuesday 3rd October, children from across the Midlands will be building and programming their own robots. The workshops have been organised by and will be run by EdTech guru Brett Laniosh from Bromsgrove based Catshill Learning Partnerships who works in schools to support and promote the safe and creative use of technology.
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.
About Malvern Festival of Innovation:
The Next Generation Innovators Day runs on Tuesday 3rd October and takes place at the Three Counties Showground. The day showcases creative science, technology, and entrepreneurship for middle and senior school students (Years 7 to 9) from around the region. Teachers can bring their class to listen to lectures, participate in hands-on workshops, and tour an extensive exhibition of organisations. The event is free to attend, but schools (or home-educating parents) need to register in advance.