The robot was created by students of the Bialystok University of Technology with the funds from the National Centre for Research and Development, the executive agency of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Photon’s task is to accompany children in learning the basics of coding, developing logical thinking, making fast decisions and improving memory. It has been designed to adapt to a child’s individual development pace. It interacts with its surrounding and user due to touch, light and proximity sensors. The robot can move, go around obstacles, speak and even sing! Its app allows children to solve various tasks and unblock Photon’s new skills. This way the robot learns together with its owner.
Now, Photon has joined us at the Copernicus Science Centre, where it will be tested by the participants of the weekend Robotics Lab workshops. Young tester will begin their adventure with Photon on 2 December. The workshop is called Error not without a reason: its participants will look for errors in the robot’s operation, evaluate instructions, asses the intuitiveness of its app and activity of its sensors. They will check if everything is working according to plan. At the end, they will prepare their own report. This is exactly how professional device testers work: they look for errors in order to eliminate them and to prevent future failures and malfunctions.
The CSC welcomes everyone aged 9 and over to test Photon. All you need to do is join us at the weekend minilab in the Copernicus’ Robotics Lab that will take place until the end of June 2018.
Minilabs are conducted only in Polish.
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However, lab testing not everything. In January 2018 we will begin a research project involving 40 families. Each of them will be given a Photon to use at home for a month. The aim of the research is to establish the robot’s durability and the manner and dynamics of its use in the home environment. What conditions are necessary for the user to take full advantage of the robot’s potential? How is it used by children at different stages of development and with different skills? Does the adult’s involvement and specific home environment impact the nature of the play? We will look for answers to these questions and create “instructions” for adults involved in the project. These will help all parents, teachers and educators find out how to increase the robot’s usability.
The study is open for all families with a child aged 6-12. More information on recruitment will soon appear on our website.
Photon is the first educational product to be tested by the Copernicus Science Centre. In the Copernican Revolution Lab such research will be conducted on a larger scale.
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