On Monday 17th December, 31 Suffolk One students along with 3 teachers attended a ‘Electrons to Thinking Machines’ Christmas Lecture at Essex University.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to have an insight into integration of engineering, computer programming and artificial intelligence revealing the current state of play in modern-day robotics.
The lectures were split into three parts; the first lecture featured examples of feedback systems found in the natural world as well as the electronics systems that might be used for robotic control.
The second lecture explored Artificial Intelligence, with James Smith who is studying Computing and Electronics taking part in a ‘beat the odds’ game, trying to win against a pinball machine. Also, Ben Collyer who is studying Electronics and Engineering had the opportunity to compete against the program in a game of Othello.
The third lecture was on Robotics, “Fact or Fiction”. Matthew Gadd who is studying Computing and Physics volunteered to try and steer a wheelchair by only moving his head from side to side.
Daniel Wright, Computing teacher said “It was enlightening day that gave our students a meaningful insight into studying Electronics and Computing courses at University. It was great to see our students inspired by future technologies and gain an understanding of artificial intelligence, as we enter the golden age of machine learning”.
Congratulations to Bevis Halsey-Perry who studies Electronics and Mathias Schrieder who studies Physics for winning a prize for answering a question to the audience correctly. The pair were deemed to give the best answer to explain the physics of how a demonstrated trick with magnets worked.