Teaching STEM Using Real World Robotics

By Sophie Curtis on June 05, 2015

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New technologies are remaking the modern world and changing the way we live and interact, giving both immense new opportunities as well as new challenges. What will growing up in an internet of things, augmented reality, and in the company of robots mean for the children of tomorrow? What should we be teaching and learning to prosper in this brave new world?

PiBot is an exciting robot kit for the Raspberry Pi, designed for digital makers wanting to learn and have fun with technology. Harry Gee, Director of Pibot, will present at RE.WORK The Future of Education, looking at the emerging approaches for teaching STEM using cutting-edge technology - such as robotics, 3D printing, computing and a fun ‘learning by doing’ approach.

We caught up with Harry ahead of the event to hear more about PiBot and how they're changing edtech.

What area of edtech are you currently working in?
I'm running workshops with young people teaching them how to make robots. Once they build the robot they have to learn how to boss them about by programming them. I'm also designing some build your own robot kits and content.

Who are your key customers/audience?
Computing and Design and Technology teachers and any children interested in making and learning about technology.

What problem are you trying to address?
Technology is advancing into society at a fantastic rate. I'm trying to help young people make the most of it and also avoid its dangers. The best way I've found to do this is through real world robotics.

How did you come across that problem?
It was more a realisation I had after helping a friend run a teacher training workshop. We found that if you make computing 'real world' it suddenly becomes much more interesting and exciting.

What partners have been essential to your progress?
Museums and Schools have helped with the running of the robot building workshops. Its been useful being located at the Bristol Robotics Lab and seeing all the interesting stuff their doing there.

What challenges have you come across in establishing your business?
Building robotic products is hard as it involves so many disciplines. You have to get everything right for a robotics system to work. Unpredicted electronic issues cause serious problems to getting our first product completed.

What advancements are we most likely to see in the edtech space in the next 5 years?
It will be interesting to see the full impact of 3D printing and computer programming as it develops into education. I think robots will start to be used in education more and more.

RE.WORK The Future of Education is taking place during London Technology Week on 15 June 2015. Tickets are now limited, register today to avoid disappointment!

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