STEM Day robots bring computers to life

Early Years and Key Stage One pupils learnt about robots, programming and computing thanks to a visit from Mrs Helen Saunders, Strategic Communications Manager at Cisco Systems.

Early Years pupils were asked to get creative and design robots using a range of craft materials including colouring pencils and stickers before driving the robots around the ‘arena’ with a controller.

Key Stage One boys and girls looked at programming, how it helped the robots move and how much we use computers in our everyday lives.

The children enjoyed moving the robots around the hall and also watched a presentation and video which created discussion around artificial intelligence and what jobs might be like in the future.

Helen, who has two daughters in the Junior School, said: “Talking to the pupils about robots and how they might impact on their lives when they become adults was a fascinating experience. Their awareness of technology, willingness to explore new ideas and to get involved was really impressive.

“We typically do this type of work with older Juniors and Senior School pupils, however working with younger children provides an ideal opportunity to inspire an interest in STEM subjects early, and it was great to do something that directly benefited my own children.

“I will admit to being completely terrified beforehand, but there was really no need to be. It was one hundred times more tiring than a day in the office, but at least a hundred times as rewarding.”

Pupils from all of the years involved really enjoyed the experience. Year Two pupil Joshua Hughes said: “I liked learning about the drones and that they have cameras on them” whilst Year One pupil Abigail Snarr commented: “I liked learning that there’s going to be more robots than humans when I’m older!”

Lara Sykes in Pre-Reception enjoyed getting creative: “I liked sticking the stickers on the robots and colouring in” and Reception pupil Susie Yang agreed: “I liked it when we decorated the robots.”

Many thanks to Helen Saunders and her colleagues Helen Douglas and Aaron Omotosho for coming in and delivering a fun and informative day.

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