Robots took over Altrincham Preparatory School’s classrooms last week as Nao the humanoid showed off his dance moves and language skills, Eve the Edbot did forward rolls across the room and DASH whizzed around the floor. All three were the stars of a special series of lessons in which boys learned about coding, programming and sequencing and worked together to solve complex problems.
Fresh from completing a task to move a small digital robot around an online maze, Thomas from 4J said that the lessons had really made him think.
“What’s been really good is that it’s made coding fun, and we can now use our skills to code robots,” he said. “Having to plan exactly how to solve the problems we were given and then see the robots do exactly what we programmed was awesome.”
The robots were introduced to excited Altrincham Preparatory School boys at a special assembly led by Hi-Impact’s robotics expert Mr Ravenscroft, and he was delighted by their enthusiasm.
“Coding is fun, creative and great for learning problem solving skills,” he said. “It was fantastic to see the boys actually clap when Nao finished his moves. But increasingly the children of today will have careers in programming so teaching them the basics of coding is really important.”
Altrincham Preparatory School Deputy Head Mrs McKenna said she’d been really impressed by all the boys’ determination to learn more about computing. “The boys are showing real aptitude for coding and while it is great to see them learn so much about technology, these lessons are just as much about encouraging logical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. What’s more, Nao definitely has better dance moves than me!”