How much is that doggy in the video?
AS THE saying goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. But what about robotic dogs?
Thanks to a live video link, the Years 3–6 pupils at Quilpie’s St Finbarr’s Primary School are able to answer this question, as they worked to build their own “pet” robotic programmable dog.
Using pre-packaged parts, the children were instructed over video conference by Professor Stephen Winn, who is based 800km away in an office at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.
St Finbarr’s teacher Jocelyn Haylock said the kids had been enthralled by the project.
“USQ brought out a camera system and a TV for us to be able to hook in with their lessons,” Ms Haylock said.
“Every Tuesday afternoon our Years 3–6 classes would gather together to make their robotic dogs with cardboard.
“At the end of the project, each child had their own robotic dog that could move its head and flash its eyes.”
PAWSITIVE PROJECT: St Finbarr’s School students.