Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IOT)

Teaching students how to thrive in an interconnected world, and to excel in seeking opportunities and decision-making through the use of technologies.


 

To explain why we should teach children how to program robots in schools, we first need to understand what a robot is.

What is Robotics?

A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. The robot has a processing unit, sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move its limbs or wheels. It may speak, make other sounds, or flash with lights and colors in response to the environment as per instructions. Robots need the ability to follow programmed instructions and not just be controlled remotely.

Why teach Robotics?

Robots are no longer confined to factories and research laboratories. Advancements in computing technologies, IOT, AI, materials etc. have all changed the way automation and decision making can be performed in public areas, at home, in school and at the workplace. This requires a much wider part of the society, especially young children, to become aware of how robots are made and can be controlled, and how they are part of systems where other technologies co-exist – such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IOT).

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. There is considerable anecdotal evidence that students respond well in subjects involving programming of robots. This is because:

  1. Children find it fun
  2. It is an effective way of introducing programming to students
  3. It provides skills useful in future employment
  4. It is suitable for children with a range of abilities
  5. It demystifies complex technologies (eg. IOT, AI)

Education therefore plays a fundamental role. St Uriel Education‘s panel of educators and experts have carefully selected industry leading partners and crafted lesson plans that promotes highly-accessible and multidisciplinary education programs for students aged 6-18.

How do we select Robots for teaching?

An investment by the school, educators, parents and students to learn robotics comes from hard earned money. Apart from top grade curriculum and lesson plans, we carefully select vendors based on the following stringent criteria:

  1. Robot’s design must allow the teaching of multidisciplinary knowledge.
  2. Robot is designed to withstand the rigors of extended periods of training.
  3. Robot comes with high quality software applications that is easy to understand, yet powerful enough to showcase the mechanical, electrical, electronic, computing capabilities of the robots.
  4. Robot and its related software or accessories must be built with safety and security features in mind. The manufacturer must have security policies and procedures in place to prevent interconnected robots from being hacked or identity of students being disclosed to unauthorized third parties.
  5. The manufacturer must have good service support, and knowledgeable support team.
  6. The manufacturer must have a proven track record of designing and developing innovative, educational robots.

Sphero

EDU Biotech Pte Ltd, the holding company of St. Uriel Education, is the official distributor of Sphero in China, Thailand and Singapore.

Sphero products have been used by more than 20,000 schools worldwide in STEM education. Sphero is the Winner of Best of CES 2019 awards from Parents Magazine, Gearbrain, Pocket-lint, and Wired (at the CES – Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas). Sphero was also showcased by top media outlets, including: BBC News, CNET, The Verge, Engadget, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, DIY Network and VentureBeat.

Sphero is by far the best entry level robot of the dozens of others we have tried and tested in the development of lesson plans that creates excitement, and the desire to learn from students. Sphero has over the years demonstrated their ability to develop very innovative products, with excellent product quality / durability, and service support. This helps us develop quality teaching material that supports schools, educators and parents for extended training periods.

 

Indoor, Outdoor and in the water! Learning STREAM & Life Skills with Sphero is fun!

 

Coding for fun!

 

Coding and producing music or voices from colors!

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Programs

For Governments, Ministries and Departments of EducationSt. Uriel Education provides special discounts for hardware, software and lesson plans that will be deployed in schools or institutions. Additionally, we will make available our panel of international experts in helping to develop specific pedagogy and curriculum for their schools, addressing the country’s knowledge gap for STREAM.

For public and private schools and institutionsSt. Uriel Education provides ready made curriculum and lesson plans which can be:

  1. A one-day workshop for educators
  2. A one-day workshop for students
  3. Beginner’s Level: 10-lessons package (1.5 hours per lesson), consisting of hardware, software and lesson plans.
  4. Intermediate Level: 30-lessons package (1.5 hours per lesson), consisting of hardware, software and lesson plans.
  5. Advanced Level: 60-lessons package (1.5 hours per lesson), consisting of hardware, software and lesson plans.

 

Be a Certified Trainer!

St. Uriel Education provides training for educators who want to know how to develop robotics lesson plans, and who also wants to be part of the team at St. Uriel Education that provides international and local training to schools. 

 

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