NAO the robot visits Manchester Health Academy
On Monday 22nd April, all year 7s from Manchester
Health Academy involved in a workshop were joined by two highly
During the one hour workshop, the year 7 students were
introduced to the robots NAO 1 and NAO 7. NAO, who measures 58cm
tall and weighs 4.3kg was soon instructed to start up, and
delivered a brief presentation to the group about itself, followed
by a mimicked dance to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video.
The NAO Robots had been pre-programmed to carry out all these
actions on command by voice recognition.
Whilst the NAO rested, the students used the theory learnt about
the Robot and applied it to a LEGO Mindstorms Robot, making the
links between the two. Students made use of the Macbook Air to
complete some basic programming and then raced their robots around
a race track taking part in heats of racing until there was a
winner in each group.
The workshops were aimed at levels 3-5 in ICT, this was in
preparation for the delivery of the new KS3 Computing curriculum
which is due to be delivered in September 2013 at the Health
The session ended with another dance from NAO this time to the
hit video 'Gangnam Style'.
The NAO has been developed by Aldebaran Robotics in Paris - the
founder Bruno Maisonnier first sketched the NAO on paper originally
with the vision to develop a humanoid robot for Health Care. It
seemed appropriate to incorporate the Academy's specialism into a
new curriculum soon to be delivered in their lessons.
When NAO was finally developed it was used for many other
projects such as Robot Soccer World Cup (Robocup) Standard Platform
League (SPL), an international robotics competition. Later it was
developed for universities and laboratories for research and
The year 7s had a brilliant day and went away with some basic
skills in Computer Programming. John has offered a free trial
of the NAO for a month later this year so NOA is due to return to
the Health Academy - Watch this space!