How can you Teach a Robot Dance? Workshop

The 'How can you Teach a robot to Dance?' workshop is a flexible learning activity that combines an introduction to computing with the Curriculum for Excellence. During the workshop you will get the chance to programme your robot and by the end of the session you're robot should dance to your choice of music.

Will the robot start and stop in time with the music? Will it stay on our dance floor or fall off the stage?

How Can you Make a Robot Dance visited Orkney International Science Festival in September 2010. We took the workshop to three schools: Glaitness Primary School in Kirkwall, Stenness Primary School and Kirkwall Grammar School and delivered to children from the ages of 9-16. We also took part in the very popular Family Fun Day on September 4th with over 300 people attending the event over seven hours.

You can view a video of the final performances of the robots from the P7 class at Glaitness Primary.

Children and parents alike get very involved in the robot dance workshop at Orkney International Science Festival.

Class 7 Robot Programming Workshop from Lesley Mackay on Vimeo.

The workshop also received good press coverage in the reports of the Family Fun Day at the festival in the Orkney Today and The Orcadian newspapers.


Our workshop is also proud to be part of both primary and secondary school programmes of Dundee Science Festival (1st-14th November 2010). All primary school places are full.

To book an outreach visit to your secondary school please contact Jon Urch, Public Outreach Co-ordinator, University of Dundee at Phone: 01382 386669.

About the Project

The 'How can you Teach a Robot to Dance?' workshop has been developed by Chris Martin, a PhD student in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee. With the support of his supervisor Chris applied successfully to join the University's Postgraduate Science Engagement Team co-ordinated by the Revealing Research office.

The Postgraduate Science Engagement Team has been funded and supported by a Scottish Government Science Engagement Grant and by the University of Dundee.

Chris and his colleagues are looking for new activities to help expand the workshop and deliver to even larger audiences in the UK and across Europe.

Contact Us

For more information on the project, please contact Chris Martin, Phone: 01382 384711 or Jon Urch, Public Outreach Co-ordinator, University of Dundee at Phone: 01382 386669.
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