School students taught how to programme robots

Thursday July 19, 2018

A Concord Summer School student has been talking enthusiastically of his first 'robotics workshop' experience and how he hopes it will shape his future. 11 year old, Ayaan was one of 14 summer school students keen to learn more about robotics. The idea of introducing such an experience was explained by Assistant Summer Course Director, Mr Adam Blackburn. He said:  "This year we wanted to provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience, independence and overall confidence. Robotics does just that. “The workshop was a diverse learning practice and included elements of IT, engineering and an introduction to programming, whilst maintaining the fun that summer school brings. "This was one of our mandates for this year’s courses, to provide enriching and varied leisure and extracurricular programmes. We want to open the pupils' minds about new activities and subjects they may wish to pursue in the future.” Ayaan said he was attracted to the robotics workshop because he felt it was a 'great way' to introduce him to programming. By the end of the workshop, students were able to navigate and manipulate the robots, and score points in various challenges too. "Thanks to the workshop, we were taught how to adapt robotic vehicles to perform in mini 'robot wars' which was exciting and educational. It was really fun getting to learn about how to programme robots. "Once our teacher explained how, it was actually quite easy," he added.