Virtual Robotics :: Day 1

Professor James Marshall makes a presentation on the theme of during our Pechakucha.

Professor James Marshall makes a presentation on the theme of honeybees and collective robots during our PechaKucha.

32 young people from Rawmarsh Community School attended our Virtual Robotics ‘taster’ sessions at The University of Sheffield Diamond building on Wednesday 11th May 2016.

The day was organised and led by Dr Chelsea Sabo, a postdoctoral researcher from the Green Brain Project. After an introduction to The Diamond Building and our five core themes by Chelsea and Dr Ana MacIntosh, the young people took part in some team building exercises and participated in a prior evaluation exercise that tested their existing knowledge of robotics.

Our five core themes are as follows: Humanoid Robots, Human Robot Interactions (HRIs), Unmanned Flying Vehicles (UAVs), Biomimetics and Collective Robots

The young people then attended a fast-moving PechaKucha style presentation based on these five core themes – including presentations by leading researchers and STEM ambassadors.

Young people from Rawmarsh meet with University of Sheffield researchers in robotics.

Young people from Rawmarsh Community School meet with Sheffield Robots researchers – and some of the robots.

After a short break the young people were given a presentation by the University of Sheffield media team on how to create interviews.

The young people then moved from The Diamond to the atrium of the Pam Liversidge Building to meet with a number of robotics researchers – and a number of robots – including cutting edge UAVs, collective robots and PARO the robot seal.

Filming interviews with Sheffield Robotics researchers.

Filming interviews with Sheffield Robotics researchers.

The young people then spent time making short film interviews with the researchers, asking some excellent questions about the life choices that have led to their careers in robotics.

Day 1 was concluded with pub-style quiz devised by Chelsea to test what the young people had learned on the day. Given the outstanding scores in the quiz, and the lively, open and focussed responses to the activities throughout the day, we are delighted to say that the robotics PechaKucha and taster session were an outstanding success and an absolute credit to the young people and researchers involved.