You may have seen my previous posts about the IBM RoboChallange that IBM runs in London, in conjunction with Lambert Council. Some of my fellow IBM’ers and I get to assigned to different local primary schools and spend an hour or so each week helping a group of children use Lego Mindstorms kits. The children are usually aged between 9 and 11, and learn to build and programme the robots for a variety of tasks. And in a month or so – we all spend a Saturday at IBM SouthBank when the schools compete with their robots. They have to get the robots to dance, move in a specific pattern, race (my team won that section last year!), and then take on an unseen challange (usually something to do with a maze). They also have to present on what they learnt,how they worked together, etc to a panel of very enthusiastic and supportive judges. On the day of the competition, it is just the children that do the work – the IBM’ers and teachers (and parents) are not allowed to help. We are allowed to look on anxiously from the sidelines 🙂
I am particularly pleased to have another tech professional from the Rational Financial Services Sector team working with me this year – so I am not the only one who gets to spend some time “playing Lego” each week.
First session at our school will be tomorrow – and let the fun begin!