Student Kickstarter Project to Bring Robotics to Schools

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18 Jul Student Kickstarter Project to Bring Robotics to Schools

P1040221A PhD student with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is going to get the “kickstart” he needs to help schools bring robotics into their classrooms.

James Mount reached his goal to raise $500 as part of his “A Robot for Every Child” Kickstarter campaign. BBot is an easy-to-use, inexpensive robotic vehicle with several modes to help introduce kids to robotics and the scientific process.

“I think that robotics is a great teaching tool that can engage and excite students within STEM areas,” said James, who is working toward his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The goal of the BBot project is to engage kids and help them understand the scientific process. For example one of the worksheets uses BBot’s differential drive system to help kids explore the scientific concepts of hypothesising and experimental design. The workshop challenges students to think scientifically by asking them what they think BBot will do if both wheels are running at the same speed, if one wheel is running faster than the other, or if one wheel isn’t running at all.

James is grateful for the all support he’s received in his Kickstarter campaign, hitting his fundraising goal with more than a week to spare before his deadline.P1040233

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that people believe in the project and are willing to support it,” said James, “and getting to the initiative’s milestone a week before is even better.”

Now that the project’s initial Kickstarter goal has been reached, James is continuing to work on finalizing BBot’s design, with input from the backers.

James PhD supervisor is Associate Professor Michael Milford, a chief investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

“I hope this is the start of an inclusive movement to give everyone the basic scientific and technological awareness they need to prosper in this rapidly changing world,” said Milford.

For James, the project brings together his three passions: technology, education and entrepreneurship.

“This BBot allows me to combine all three of these aspects into a single project where we get to deliver a real and useful product to a consumer,” said James, “which is all very exciting.”

James project can be found here: http://kck.st/28LvD9t

Media Contact: Tim Macuga 07 3138 6741, 0478 571 226, timothy.macuga@qut.edu.au

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