What the Robot Army can Teach Us

Presented by: Andrew Bates

What’s the point in teaching robotics and/or coding? Many of the devices we use are basically ‘magical’ and many young people end up being passive users. My goal as a secondary teacher is to bring back the joy of making things through my TY Robotics course. We have had successes and failures. In 2017 I was part of the Erasmus project with Blackrock Education Centre and that led to our current course which uses the Make Block robots to teach coding in TY. This is that story.

Presenter Biography:

Andrew Bates took the scenic route into teaching via Engineering and Graphic Design. He is passionate about pushing the boundaries of our education system and is quite the educational nerd. He currently teachers coding, filmmaking, science and technical graphics in St Colmcille’s Community School and absolutely loves it.