Adopt-A-Bot teaches school pupils the fundamentals of programming, design and documentation, and does so with the help of a Finch robot, that can be programmed and adapted to a large array of scenarios and contexts. The project involves:
- Teams of pupils from London and international schools
- Mixed ability class to be putting finches through their paces within minutes of set-up
- Team-based challenges of four or five pupils in each team
- Helps teenagers with great computer knowledge but also less developed social skills like integrating with their classmates
- Adoptabot is carefully constructed so that all team members learn the basics of programming.
For pupils it offers a fun way to rapidly grasp what coding is about by controlling their own finch robot. Then Adoptabot allows them to develop their programming skills through team-working as they put a finch into a scenario of their own.
For teachers it offers a scalable, flexible, multi-year, platform that is easy to transport and suitable for mixed ability cohorts. Adoptabot does not tie you to using a particular language and as all programmes are held on PC, laptop or Mac, robots can be passed from class to class without time-consuming cache wiping.
For schools, the Adoptobots are cheap, tough and can be used by successive classes without needing to be tied down to ICT suites.