Robots as Companions

Robot technology is our future. We are seeing more and more in every industry. Therefore, it is perfect that institutions like The Cube QUT offer both students and educators the opportunity to work with and experience the possiblities of future technology. I have mentioned before the workshops available.

Recently I attended an educators workshop on ‘Tinkering with Technology’, it was excellent! The hightlight, of course, was meeting ‘Pepper’, the latest robot to join QUT. Pepper will have a strong student focus.

The session explored robots as companions in society, different perceptions of robots and interacting with robots. We then delved into hands-on tinkering with Makey Makey and LittleBits, both I have spoken about throughout this blog. I worked with two lovely Teacher Librarians to create a solution to a macadamia farmer’s problems….. rats, insects, harvesting, spraying. Our robot was able to fly, spray, light-up and harvest on wheels…all with the use of LittleBits and sound with MakeyMakey. Heaps of fun!


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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!