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[*] Post 500542 posted on 29-12-2015 at 21:18 Reply With Quote
NAO Robot in Schools

NAO Robot in Schools

What is the NAO Robot: "NAO is a little character with a unique combination of hardware and software: he consists of sensors, motors and software driven by NAOqi, our dedicated operating system. It gets its magic from its programming and animation."

It is made by a company called Aldebaran. Its URL is:

The NAO Robot has already established itself in numerous school systems. If you put "NAO Robot in School" into YouTube search, you will get a very large number of hits, and the thumbnails for the hits will show that some of them are fairly young children.

The supposed educational purpose, among many reasons, is to teach robotic programming as part of the curriculum (as in, its NOT the wave of the future, i. e., robots have been with us for some time now).

For the adults on this board who pay taxes that support the local public school program, I should warn you that, if you dare to look for the pricetag, you should be sitting down, and perhaps have another adult who knows CPR next to you. And in the cost analysis, if this ever comes up in your locale, make sure that the powers that be include repairs, whether a full time teacher to train staff would be needed, etc., etc., in their budget proposal.

By the way, don't hesitate to ask whoever is trying to put this into the budget if a software simulator program would accomplish just as much re the student's learning, as is buying this machine.

We all want children to get a good education, but we are all not made of money.

The attached picture shows the Robot at a school assembly with the students who programmed it demoing what they 'accomplished'.

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[*] Post 500543 posted on 29-12-2015 at 22:24 Reply With Quote

Tsk. I taught programming in the early 80s using a little round thing that could only move forward, back, right or left according to the input instructions. It was brilliant. Real excitement and engagement. That's the age group that grew up to be programmers who are doing the funky stuff now.

Whilst I know that Americans don't believe in investing in their children's education unless it fits with what they've always taught - look at the common core debacle - you need to future-proof your education or else you'll be looking at China, India, Russia etc being the ones in control because they will be the ones who are innovative.

You could have central locations to experience these things and each school would get the chance to visit as one way forward of course. I took my senior pupils to Sky Academy for a half day. The students got to work with media professionals, and perhaps more importantly the 60,000 ($100,000) cameras and expensive editing suites. My students got a better understanding of the industry because of the visit than I could have given them with a textbook and lectures.

Experiential learning is where it is at.

As they are fond of saying elsewhere - "Shut up and take my money".
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[*] Post 500562 posted on 31-12-2015 at 00:31 Reply With Quote

I'm with you there, Mary. Practical education for some is the only way to learn. Although, as a youth, I considered that the "way forward" was as an academic, I suspect that I'd have been better in a technical high school than a traditional one. Sadly, the move away from "hands on" learning has been to our detriment. I hope that this is the way of future education where students can see the reason for the other modules like maths and spelling.
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