DSC_1780Visitors to World Museum Liverpool will have the chance to meet Edge Hill University’s amazing robot, NAO, and discover what else our creative Computing students have been working on, as part of activities to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week.

NAO, who will be greeting visitors in the Museum’s atrium, can walk, talk, wave, perform tasks and even direct people around the Museum – all programmed by students as part of their degree.

Students and staff from Edge Hill’s Department of Computing will also be taking part in demonstrations and discussions aimed at inspiring the next generation of computer scientists.

Collette Gavan, Edge Hill’s Computing Programme Leader, said: “We are very fortunate to have one of the few NAO robots in higher education, and are delighted to be able to share him with the community for the first time.”

Dr Mark Anderson, Programme Leader for Computing (Application Development) agrees, adding: “NAO is a vital part of our Computing degree as he gives our students the rare opportunity to practice programming on a physical device and enjoy a really creative learning experience.”

EHU276 Computing004As well as meeting NAO, visitors will also be able to see other objects created by students, including Lego Mindstorms robots that can complete tasks and challenges, hand held electronic games and interactive computer programmes. They will also have the chance to try out futuristic technology such as Leap Motion, which recognises hand and finger movements and allows users to control devices without physical contact.

Mark added: “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our students’ creative talents, and show the potential Edge Hill students of the future that Computing is about much more than sitting at a keyboard.

“We’ve been working with World Museum Liverpool for the last four years and are proud to be the only University in the region invited to support their contribution to National Science and Engineering Week.”

National Science and Engineering Week is a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities for people of all ages across the UK. It runs from 14-23 March 2014.

Edge Hill University and NAO will be at World Museum Liverpool on 21, 22, and 23 March, with demonstrations between 1-4pm.