Robotics Training

There’s nothing quite like a robot to capture the imagination of a young mind. From Ted Hughes’s Iron Man, to Star Wars, Transformers and Lego, robots have been inspiring scientists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and inventors for years.

Algebraic think robotics is the future. Building a robot is great fun, but programming it and learning how it works takes things to the next level. It can inspire the next generation of inventors!

Our program introduces the fundamental concepts and technology of robotics. In addition to the mechanical and technical learning, we also create and commandrobots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Kids love it!

The benefits of robotics:

  • Encourages creativity, innovation and invention
  • Teaches children the importance of following instructions.
  • Good for problem solving.
  • Inspires creative thinking – understanding how one thing links to another then considering alternatives or improvements.
  • Great for team building, social skills and communicating ideas.
  • Immerses children into a new world of designs, concepts and construction.
  • Children learn new things – like the many different subsystems involved with robotics (structure, motion, sensors, programming, manipulation…).
  • Good for building confidence and leadership qualities.

Learning outcomes of our robotics sessions:

  • Problem identification
  • Decision making
  • Flexible thinking
  • Exploration
  • Flow of new ideas
  • Creating new things
  • Concentration
  • Team building

Interaction with team members

Children learn about basic principles of robotics, including the building blocks, sensors and how they interact with the command and controls. They do this through hands-on robot-building and programming; focusing on mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science.

Brief history of chess:

  • 350 B.C. – Greek mathematician, Archytas of Tarentum builds a mechanical bird dubbed ‘The Pigeon’, propelled by steam.
  • 200 B.C. – Greek inventor and physicist Ctesibus of Alexandria designs water clocks that have movable figures on them.
  • 1495 – Italian scientist and inventor Leonardo DaVinci designs a mechanical armoured knight.
  • 1898 – Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American engineer and inventor,creates a remote controlled robot boat at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1921 – The word ‘Robot’ used for the first time in Karel Capek’s play “R.U.R” (Rossuum’s Universal Robots). ‘Robot’ is derived from the Czech word ‘robota’, which means ‘compulsory labor’.
  • 1950 – English cryptologist Alan Turing publishes Computing Machinery and Intelligence in which is a test to determine whether a machine has gained the power to think for itself.
  • 1962 – The first industrial arm robot – the Unimate – is introduced on a General Motors assembly line.
  • 1979 – The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is established.
  • 1989 – A walking robot called Genghis is unveiled by the Mobile Robots Group at MIT.
  • 1994 – Marc Thorpe creates Robot Wars at Fort Mason centre in California.
  • 1997 – The Pathfinder Mission lands on Mars, and its robotic rover Sojourner explores the planet.
  • 1998 – LEGO releases their Robotic Invention System; MINDSTORMS.
  • 2005 – The Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), creates HUBO, claiming it is the smartest mobile robot in the world.

Did you know? Cyborgs really exist! Cyborgs (both human and robot) are usually a thing of sci-fi movies, but Kevin Warwick is very much alive and real! Kevin has a robotic hand – and can even open doors remotely! Amazing!