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Addressing the need to get the workers of tomorrow more excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a global leader in humanoid robotics has partnered with over 200 academic insitiutions across the globe.
ALDERBARAN Robotics’ NAO is now the most-used humanoid robot within education globally; with the 58cm tall robot equipped with a sensor network including an array of cameras, microphones, pressure sensors, a voice synthesiser and two high-fidelity speakers.
Thanks to ALDERBARAN Robotics, teachers across the UK county of Warwickshire are able to embrace this new, tangible method of educating, helping to promote student engagement and enhance their interest in STEM subjects.
Consultant at Warwickshire Local Authority ICT Development Service, John Pinkney explained:
“So far this year we have worked with thousands of students looking at robotics. NAO captures the imagination of young people and provides a broad range of learning opportunities. The combination of this powerful technology and the creative minds of young people is very exciting and one which will have a real impression on teaching and learning.”
Head of ICT at King’s High, Pat Prance commented:
“NAO has brought renewed challenge and excitement to our ICT curriculum and has given students access to cutting-edge technology. The flexibility of the Choregraphe software allows all students to develop their programming skills whatever their starting point.
"Seeing their programs come to life through NAO gives them strong motivation and the opportunity to express their creativity. It has also opened students’ eyes to the possibilities presented by an expanding area of ICT.”
Choregraphe is NAO’s programming software which allows students to create and edit the robot’s movements and interactive behaviour. The user-friendly software enables teachers to approach programming in an exciting manner, while illustrating abstract concepts, explaining mathematical theorems and expose students to principles in physics, electronics and ICT.
Managing Director of Active Robots and UK Distributor of NAO, Anthony Lovedale said:
“Technology has reached the point where robots are becoming a close reality in our daily lives. ALDEBARAN Robotics is leading the way in worldwide research, state-of-the-art robotics, and teaching aids that are becoming commonplace in progressive universities and schools worldwide.”
ALDERBARAN Robotics Founder and Chairman, Bruno Meissonier wholeheartedly agreed:
“With NAO in schools, students are faced with tangible applications in innovation. A humanoid robot is packed with the latest technology, bringing together the most avant-garde science and techniques. We should applaud this raising of awareness led by schools throughout the world.”