BCS Northampton Event: Robots in home and school – not Sci-Fi.(updated)

Tuesday 17th April 2018
Title: Robots in home and school –  not Sci-Fi.

Speaker: Dr Scott Turner


Abstract
At the moment it is hard to miss concern about robots taking jobs and the need for school-age children to more engaged with computing. In this session, we will look at, from the presenter’s personal perspective, robots in schools and youth groups. As we will have an opportunity to play with building robots from ‘junk’ http://robotsandphysicalcomputing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/crumble-based-junk-eggbot.html (through crumbles and PiTops); some simple robots; up to playing with a humanoid robot.




The videos used in the presentations are shown below. The first video is an introduction and welcome from Red the Nao robot.






Next video shows a programmed Cozmo, using Anki's graphical programming language.



Biography


Dr Scott Turner, currently Associate Professor in computing and Immersive Technologies, at the University of Northampton. He has two main research interests. First robots and AI, with work carried out in machine learning to health and industry. As well as Computing Education and Technology Enhanced Learning, actively involved with promoting computing in schools. Dr Turner is a Certified Raspberry Pi Educator; lead two Code Clubs; part of the organising group for a Coding Competition, chair of the University of Northampton’s STEAM steering  group.

The presentation will be held in Room NW205 of The Newton Building at The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Doors will open at 19:00 hrs, The Presentation will commence at 19.30hrs.

The presentation will be held in Room NW205 of The Newton Building at The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB

Please park in Cark Park 6 (mention the BCS Lecture on the intercom). 

Meet one of the robots



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All views and opinions are the author's and do not necessarily reflected those of any organisation they are associated with. Twitter: @scottturneruon