Local schoolchildren get stuck into Robokid kits
The UKESF has supplied Ashton Keynes Primary School with several Robokid kits to trial out with their pupils. Robokid is a hands-on electronics project for use in the classroom with Years 4, 5 and 6 (age 9–11, Key Stage 2) that aims to encourage enthusiasm for Electronics and STEM subjects.
The project allows children to work through a series of different activities using a specially designed robot vehicle with the electronic elements left uncovered. A full set of written resources are provided to support teachers running the project; individual activities are designed to last 45–60 minutes.
The school has run lessons with the kits with years 5 and 6, and is also carrying out more detailed activities with them as part of a Young Engineers after-school club. The children said:
“It was SO much fun!”
“I really liked building them because it was great practising controlling them.”
“I adored learning to drive them as it was a good challenge.”
“It was fun seeing the electronics and how they worked.”
“Everybody loved it!”
The UKESF is looking to progress the project in the future and expand to primary schools all over the UK. The original Robokid project was developed by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, with primary sponsorship from the EPSRC. Thanks to Heriot-Watt for sharing their project with us.