Pepper, a four feet tall robot which is trained to ‘understand’ emotions,’ paid a trip to the school with a team from GWS Robotics.
The robot has worked in hospitals, companies, schools and homes in Japan. But it has only recently become available in the UK.
Pepper interacted with Year Three and Four pupils at Shipham First School – even enjoying some dancing - as part of a course on what robots are and how they are used and programmed.
David Graves, creative director for GWS Robotics and its associated company, GWS Media, said he hoped the visit would help encourage the next generation to learn more about the field of robotics.
He said: “It was a fun day for all involved. The children enjoyed chatting to Pepper and dancing along with him.
“They asked a lot of questions and were curious about what Pepper can do and how he works. I hope it will help inspire more children to go into robot programming, which is a growing industry.
“It was also an informative day about the uses of robots, which are set to be more widely available for the next generation.”
Twenty three children from the Blackrock class, aged between seven and nine, enjoyed the visit.
Class teacher Jo Dodd said: “The children really enjoyed seeing Pepper up close and having the chance to ask questions and interact.
“The children have been very excited and had great fun. It was a great opportunity to ask questions of the experts at GWS Robotics. I’m sure this is a day the children are going to remember.”
Pupil Finn Ackery, 7, added: “It was great to meet Pepper. It was very funny to see him move and talk and to ask him a lot of questions. He was even able to dance and speak French.”
· For more information about GWS Robotics, visit www.gwsrobotics.com/
"I hope it will help inspire more children to go into robot programming, which is a growing industry."
David Graves, creative director forGWS Robotics
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