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 jackie.dowling@gateshead.ac.uk.