April 1, 2021
Junior STEM Program and Australia’s first robot teacher
Today, the early years boys and girls at our Sandringham Coeducational Junior Campus enjoyed their first STEM lesson from a robot teacher. Robotics not only teaches students the fundamentals of coding, computing, engineering and project planning it also teaches problem solving, critical thinking, mathematics and allows them to use their curiosity to literally build the future with their own hands. According to an Oxford Economics report, the Australian region is most likely to be changed by robotics in the coming five to ten years. This prediction highlights the next generations need for understanding the fundamentals of robotics and providing them with clear STEM career pathways.
The new teacher, (the robot) has an honorary PHD in robotics because, well, they are a robot. Who better to teach the children about robotics than a robot? Sam is an android which is a humanoid robot which mimic human form and behaviour (Kanda et al., 2009) via a HTI (Human Thought Interface). What a wonderful way to end the term.