Space-age technology has hit the Huddersfield classroom.
Children from Class 4 at Beech Primary School in Golcar were joined for a lesson by a high-tech robot.
But forget the Hollywood robot stars like Gort, Robbie The Robot, Star Wars’ C3PO and of course Arnie’s Terminator.
This robot was a down to earth creation from a Huddersfield factory.
The youngsters, who are part of the Royds Hall Community School, were fascinated by the work it could do and were able to programme it for various tasks including drawing.
As part of their autumn robotics topic, they were taught about how robots play an increasing role in industry, and the children were given the chance to put into practice what they had been learning, by programming the Universal Robot to perform simple tasks.
Miss Robyn Harley-Lowe, Class 4’s teacher, organised the visit with the help of Firth Street-based Olympus Technologies.
Gavin Jamieson, a director of the firm who supply and integrate robots both locally and nationwide, said: “It is great to be able to support Beech Primary by bringing their robotics topic to life.
“By giving them a hands-on opportunity to experience a robot, we hope to be able to support the school in sparking the children’s interest in design and technology.”
Miss Harley-Lowe said: “We are incredibly grateful to Olympus Technologies for offering to run the workshop.
“The children and I have loved exploring the topic of robotics together over the past half term, and being able to provide them with a real-life experience of interacting with an industrial robot has inspired renewed curiosity in the STEM subjects.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were naturals at navigating the programming software.”
Established in 1987, Olympus Technologies specialise in industrial robotics and automation and welding technologies.