An amazing morning at The Little Explorers Activity Club. The theme was Robots and they had a very special visitor - NAO from the Dream Project. DREAM is a project funded by the European Commission and developed by seven different partners:
University of Skövde, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Plymouth University, University of Portsmouth, De Montfort University, Aldebaran Robotic.
Iris Grace and NAO the robot from Dream
They will deliver the next generation robot-enhanced therapy (RET) working on three distinct interventions: focusing on joint attention, imitation, and turn-taking. These three scenarios cover principle components of therapeutic interventions, with each scenario being further broken down into elements of increasing interaction complexity.
Kathleen, Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics from De Montfort University Leicester brought along NAO to the Little Explorers and they all had a great time finding out about him and seeing what the children thought.
Laurence had designed beautiful and engaging educational games for the children to play with in the garden while the robot was set up. Later there was a chance for parents to hear more about the project and see how their kids reacted to NAO. Out of all of the children Iris was the most interested, now everyone who knows her will understand how this wasn't an expected outcome, she loves nature, animals and painting but she found the robot intriguing and she started to really open up while she interacted with him. It just shows you never know what is going to work, don't shut any doors, keep your mind open, try new things & follow your child.
A Robot has landed on Earth and wants to find out all about the different habitats and the animals that live there.
The treasure hunt begins...
To find the bear the children need to pick the right habitat for that animal.
This gives Laurence a chance to talk about the different habitats and add in things like 'shall we go left of right to find the fish?'
at the end of the treasure hunt its time to bring all of the animals back up to the top of the garden and place them in the right habitat.
Iris and Thula enjoying the shape sorting game on their treestump.
examples of how you can lay out activities on the theme.
Iris inspecting the toy robot
Laurence working with the children on the trampoline
The Little Explorers meeting NAO
Thankyou so much Dream for this opportunity from all the Little Explorers.