Aston helps teens learn the language of robots

Lego Mindstorm
A Lego Mindstorm NXT robot

18th June, 2010

Rampaging robots will be teaching Birmingham teenagers how to speak their ‘language’, with a little help from an Aston University academic.

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls together with Dr Elena Turitsyna from Aston University’s School of Engineering, have won a Royal Society Education Partnership Grant to run the eight-week project “Rampaging Robots”, which will teach pupils about motors, sensors and language used to program Lego robots. 

Throughout the project, the schoolgirls will be learning about the different motors and sensors that Lego Mindstorm NXT robots can use. Lego Mindstorm provides the ability to build an intelligent robot that can be programmed to react to light, sound and touch, and transport objects.

The project is one of over a dozen across the UK that has benefitted from The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme. The Grant scheme, open to UK primary and secondary schools, offers support to teachers, scientists and engineers in working together to inspire young people. Significantly, these projects give school students a taste of science and engineering today, and their relevance for society.

Dr Turitsyna, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at the University, commented, “This scheme provides children with the opportunity for exciting investigative experiences in science and engineering. It provides an opportunity for scientists to engage with enquiring young minds and to show how these subjects are relevant in today's society."

For more information on the Partnership Grants Scheme please visit www.royalsociety.org/Partnership