Summer School: Introduction to robotics

10.00am - 4.00pm daily for five days, Monday 11 August

L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

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  • Type

    Week-long Summer School for 14-17 year-olds
  • Audience


  • Speakers

    • Dr Rustam Stolkin


Standard £250

Faraday members £225

Event description

Students will design and build two specialised robots in this week-long Summer School. Rustam Stolkin will teach students the engineering principles and practical considerations of robotic design, exploring mathematics and physics as well as broader areas of robotics such as artificial intelligence, intellectual property and patents.

Students will work in groups to research, create and program a remote-controlled underwater retrieval robot and a sensor-controlled autonomous robot which will solve a particular human problem. Students will have free reign in their design, plenty of expert support in developing their concepts and plans, and will consider the real-world applications of their projects.

Students will follow a proper engineering project process throughout the Summer School, including developing project proposals and presenting their work, in groups, to their peers and special guests. They will be encouraged to do additional research and development for their projects in their own time.

CREST Awards

Students will have the opportunity to achieve a CREST Award for the project they develop in this Summer School. CREST is a UCAS-endorsed creative project-based STEM enrichment scheme for 11-19 year-olds. All students will be registered for an award and will be assessed during the Summer School. They may need to complete extra work at home in order to achieve an award.

Student details will be passed to the British Science Association in order to register them for a CREST Award. Their group demonstrations and presentations will be filmed for use within the Summer School and for CREST Award Assessment purposes. As such, these films will be shared with a representative from the British Science Association. The Ri may also use them for reporting or marketing purposes. If you have any questions, please contact us on

About the speaker

Rustam Stolkin is Senior Birmingham Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at University of Birmingham. He achieved undergraduate and masters degrees in Engineering from Oxford University, and a PhD in Robotic Vision from UCL. He has three patents and some 60 publications on robotics and other areas of science, engineering and applied mathematics. His research collaborates extensively with industry: defence (bomb disposal and rescue robots), nuclear (robotics for cleaning up nuclear waste), and manufacturing (advanced robotics for factory automation). Rustam is particularly interested in education, and has spent many years working with young people, in both UK and USA, teaching science through engaging hands-on activities.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 14-17 year-olds and will include a 45 minute lunch break each day. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils, a USB memory stick and a calculator.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the start date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

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