SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned underwater vehicles, in conjunction with Heriot-Watt University, helped inspire the engineers of tomorrow with their Robokids programme at Erskine Stewart's Melville College. This year the children in the Primary 6 class were provided the tools by SeeByte to construct a working robot which led up to the grand finale of the obstacle-course competition at the end-of-term. The children learned how to construct the remote-controlled robots with several instructional sessions taught by SeeByte CEO, Professor David Lane, PhD. The students, divided into teams of four, learned the fundamentals of robotics from power to motion.
"The students absolutely loved working with Robokids, a superb introduction to technology and robotics. Their concentrated efforts to grasp these advanced concepts and work as a team to construct their robots promoted an interactive, hands-on learning tool for which the children can feel responsible." said Mairi McNicol, Primary 6 Year Group Leader. "This programme was very much in-line with Stewart's Melville's core principal of encouraging children to identify, develop and realise their true potential by bringing them a new avenue to explore."
"It was fantastic to get out into the community and watch our future leaders get excited about engineering, especially the girls since engineering tends to be a male-dominated profession. I enjoy being involved with schools that are dedicated to encouraging all students. It is such a vast field to explore, especially with Scotland's active oil and gas industry. I was happy to be a part of broadening the children's horizons and educating them on the many professions available right at their front door," Professor Lane said.