April 27, 2010

"Easy Programming for Robots" Receives Positive Feedback

The "Easy Programming for Robots" lectures and workshops for secondary school students held at HKU in March/April 2010 received positive feedback from participants. This knowledge transfer activity, which was funded by the UGC Knowledge Exchange Funds awarded to Dr Vincent Lau, was co-organized by the Department of Computer Science, the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association Science Innovation Centre and the Broadlearning Education Limited.

Over 100 secondary school students, mostly with no programming experience, attended this activity and learnt some introductory knowledge on engineering, software and robotics. Some of them even brought along their parents and siblings in primary education to share the fun in robot programming.

Participants learnt about programming through a visual programming tool – Scratch, which was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the workshop, they learnt how to program the robot's facial expression and dance movement. A control panel is also created to tele-control the robot with remote video.

Following is a video clip of the workshop. The participants were having great fun!