The Brainary, distributors of those appealing little red and blue NAO robots that engage teachers at education events, now conduct professional development training on how to use robots to deliver engaging lessons that meet key requirements of the digital technologies curriculum. With a focus on STEAM, these lessons combine hard-skills in technology with equally important soft-skills learned in the humanities.
NAO is a 58cm tall, autonomous and fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen, and even recognise faces. The platform is flexible and open-ended so that, after the basics have been learned, the programming possibilities are almost endless. NAO also comes with the intuitive ‘Chorégraphe’ software which includes a virtual robot to enable coding to be developed in advance by each student before testing it on a NAO in class and adjusting their programming.
Jonathan Kingsley, Education Consultant with the Brainary, says that their training modules are delivered on site* to provide teachers with the skills and tools to teach highly engaging programming lessons that emphasise cross-curricular applications for robotics. Training is tailored to suit teachers with little or no programming experience through to those with considerable knowledge.
Some of his STEAM favourites include:
Mathematics – Use NAO to program coordinates, for instance, to walk in a square, triangle or circle, or to walk along an X and Y axis to finish at a certain angle. Or use NAO’s 25 degrees of freedom to program the robot to dance.
Humanities – Combine the English Classics and ICT to program NAO re-enact famous debates, speak at assemblies, and perform as a character in a school play, or create student-led projects that explore how robots can be programmed to help people in society.
LOTE – NAO currently speaks 19 different languages and several Australian schools have used NAO in interactive language classes where students program conversation, including an indigenous language in one South Australian school. Use NAO’s speech recognition to initiate a conversation by asking a question or have students initiate a conversation by asking NAO a question.
*Travel costs may apply depending on the school's location.
The VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals are taking place December 1st–2nd at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, pitting the brightest minds from primary and high school student-led robotics teams against one another. Read More
Over two days in November over 1400 schoolgirls and 80 teachers attended the inaugural AIR4 initiative which introduced girls to STEAM subjects’ potential to launch them into a tech or air force career. Read More
Space Design Competitions Australia (SDCA) has announced the Finalists of the 2018/19Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC).
You must admit a 360-degree theatre is a pretty cool facility, it provides an immersive almost real experience combined with the ability to float from one location to the next with little effort, making for exciting learning opportunities. Read More
The shortage of maths teachers seems to be an ongoing problem with less than one in four Australian Year 7 to 10 students having a qualified maths teacher according to new data released by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. Read More