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What is it?

A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. Robots have processing units, sensors to help them perceive things in the surrounding environment, and motors and actuators so that they can move. Robots may also have the added programmable functionality of lights, sounds or speech recognition.

Educational robotics is a broad term that refers to a collection of activities, programs, physical platforms and educational resources. In addition, behind the physical elements lies a pedagogical philosophy that matches the new Digital Technologies curriculum.

The benefits of teaching robotics in schools include:

  • students find it engaging and enjoyable
  • students learn 21st-century skills, which are useful for future employment
  • robotics is suitable for students with a range of abilities
  • robotics develops students' critical and computational thinking skills
  • it is an effective way to introduce programming to students.

Real-world examples

Robots replacing guides in art galleries
The robots are coming for your job!: Why digital literacy is so important for the jobs of the future

Applications & Games

Case studies

What other schools are doing

Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

AISSA Humanoid Robot Research Project

Thomas and Pink are two humanoid robots that are making programming and robotics exciting and intellectually stimulating learning frontiers for students in Independent schools in South Australia.