Portsmouth High School Juniors were left awestruck by a visit from Boris, a life-size humanoid robot designed for human interaction, from 360Globalnet.
Boris engaged with the girls from Reception to Year 6 and is one of a family of similar robots, which are fully interactive, multilingual, and user-friendly, making them perfect devices with which to communicate and entertain audiences, whatever their age. Boris sang songs and answered questions from the girls.
When asked by Reception class on what he had for breakfast this morning, Boris replied:
‘Well, I had toasted metal with a nice cup of oil.’
The girls from Year 5 and 6 had a chance to programme Boris and could change his colours, including his eye colours, and his head and arm movements.
Boris sang extracts from The Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain as well as talking about Alice in Wonderland which Reception and Year 1 are currently studying.
‘Boris can extend the teaching that girls are currently learning in school,’ said Mrs Julie Riggott, Consultant for 360Globalnet and also a parent at Portsmouth High School. ‘We want to show the girls that everything they learn can be extended to a career. We want to fuel their imagination and make them understand that anything is possible. The girls can do anything they set their minds to.’
Headmaster of the Junior School, Mr Paul Marshallsay, added:
‘At Portsmouth High Junior School, programming is taught from Reception. Boris has given the girls the opportunity to see the application of coding in robotics and they have had a great time experiencing where their computing skills might lead them. It has been an inspirational day using cutting edge technology and humour to enthuse children of all ages.’
‘The girls enjoyed directing Boris to carry out tasks,’ added Mrs Jane Prescott, Headmistress of Portsmouth High School. ‘This is a very good basis for the beginning of understanding programming and how robots may affect our future lives.’