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NAO the Robot inspires Portland students

 

At just 58cm tall, humanoid robot NAO represents a massive opportunity for today’s students.The small robot visited Bayview College, Portland Secondary College and several primary schools to promote recent advancements in technology, as well as the endless possibilities in taking up a STEM subject – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.A team of presenters from Brainary Interactive showed off NAO’s skills and capabilities to a captivated school assembly; with two cameras, four microphones and a touch sensor, NAO was able to talk with humans and even dance.Each skill is fully customisable in modules through programming codes such as C++, Java and Python, just to name a few.

 

Zac Jeffries, director of teaching and learning at Bayview College, said the visit was designed to spark student interests in choosing a STEM subject in 2017."Robotics is a very tangible skill," Mr Jeffries said."There is a lot of problem solving and thinking skills needed to write code, and coding is found in both mathematics and science curriculums."So NAO’s visit will hopefully enhance and extend the current curriculum."

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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