Nao, the Humanoid Robot!

We were fortunate to have Sam from Brainary Interactive visit the Coding and Robotics Club girls with NAO this week. NAO is the world’s leading and most widely used humanoid robot for education, healthcare, and research. NAO is 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face. Sam told the girls that NAO’s nick name was Rey, from Star Wars:The Force Awakens, and the girls were enthralled with Rey’s conversation, movements and dancing! To be able to do all of these things we discovered that NAO has:

  • 25 degrees of freedom: for movement
  • Two cameras: to see its surroundings
  • An inertial measurement unit: which lets the robot detect if it is upright or sitting down
  • Touch sensors: to detect your touch
  • Four directional microphones: so NAO can hear you!

Two students were invited to role play a café scene and Sam used Choregraphe software to program their behaviours, with simple drag and drop boxes, so the girls could then converse with Rey. The girls found it exciting to see how Rey interacted and to see if the coding had worked. It was lots of fun with plenty of learning.

The highlight of the visit was watching Rey dance ‘Gangnam Style’. The girls just loved it!

The Brainary Interactive offer complimentary workshops…..a must!

Thank you Sam and The Brainary Interactive 🙂

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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!