To celebrate UK Robotics Week 2018 (25-29 June 2018) researchers from the BabyRobot partner UH (University of Hertfordshire’s Adaptive Systems Research Group) went to a local primary school to give pupils the chance to experiment first-hand with a number of innovative robots.
The University of Hertfordshire’s Robotics Crash Course, was designed to inspire children about the possibilities of a career in Computer Science and Robotics. The course covers all aspects of robotics, from how robots are designed (CAD design) and created (including 3D printing) to how they are programmed and the reasons for developing robots that have Artificial Intelligence.
Robots involved in the tutorials and hands-on sessions include Kaspar, a humanoid robot created to improve the lives of children with autism and Scampi, a robot that looks like a spider with a couple of legs missing!
The event was covered in local media: http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/education/university-of-hertfordshire-robotics-workshop-at-welwyn-hatfield-schools-1-5580086
BabyRobot was presented by partner ATHENA RC in the occasion of the Athens Science Festival 2018 .
The objective of these events is to provide information about current research programs and achievements to students, researchers, the industry and the general public.
The BabyRobot project and demos were presented and discussed with middle school students of ”Nea Genia Ziridis” School visiting the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) by both the ICCS and the Athena RC teams.
Snapshot of the BabyRobot setup during the preparation of the BabyRobot Concept Demo video.
Preparing the setup for the experiments of the Use Case ”Bricks Assembly” task with children from the elementary school of ”Nea Genia Ziridis”. The experiments were organized and conducted by Athena RC.
The Kaspar robot, developed by the BabyRobot partner UH, was featured in the BBC2 program “Six Robots and Us” (28 December 2017). The program follows Kaspar and a family of a child with autism at their home. Some of the play scenarios used were developed by UH within the BabyRobot project.
The Kaspar robot and the BabyRobot project are featured at the Daily Mail story: The robot who transformed a fraught family’s life.
The second year review meeting will take place on 27 March 2018 in Athens, Greece.