Robots give pupils a lesson on artificial intelligence

Young pupils at a Gateshead school received a visit from the future when robots landed to give them a special lesson on artificial intelligence.

The imaginations of the Lingey House Primary School youngsters were fired by real working robots as part of a special workshop delivered by staff from Gateshead College.

The Year 6 pupils, aged nine and ten, discovered how robots are programmed to move and perform tasks in the hour-long interactive session. It was delivered as part of a series of visits Gateshead College staff and students are making to primary schools to give them a taste of what college life is like.

Jackie Dowling, an IT lecturer at Gateshead College, said: “This is an IT lesson with a difference for the pupils and allows us to offer an insight into computer programming and careers in IT in a fun and engaging way.

“We’re looking forward to taking our robots to more schools and hope to run some masterclasses for parents too. These sessions are a great way for our students to get experience of supporting their local community and putting into practice what they learn in the classroom.”

Ten-year-old Katie Bain took part in the workshop. She said: “The most exciting part was seeing the robots move. We named our team's robot ‘Wall-E’ because it looked like the robot from the Disney film.

“We were asked what kind of robot we would like to invent in the future and I said I would like to be able to create a robot that jumps and does my homework. That would be really helpful.”

If any groups would like Gateshead College to hold this workshop in their school or organisation please contact