Summer Schools: Introduction to robotics (age 14–18)

10.30am to 4.30pm for five days, Monday 20 August

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Get hands on with robotics

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 14–18

  • Speakers

    • Rustam Stolkin


Standard £250

Ri Young Members £212.50

Event description

During this week-long course, students will learn a wide variety of topics related to robotics and artificial intelligence, working in teams to design, build and program their own robots.

Rustam Stolkin will cover both the mechanical and computational aspects of robotics, as well as exploring a variety of application areas, introducing the latest research areas whilst drawing on his own projects with industry and academia.

During five days of activities, students will work in teams to invent, design, build, program and demonstrate their own remote-controlled underwater retrieval robot. This hands-on work is interspersed with a series of mini-lectures and group discussions.

In this way students will explore the broader areas of robotics, artificial intelligence and comparisons to human/animal intelligence, as well as ethe mathematics, physics, engineering and computing which they will need to develop their projects.

About the speaker

Rustam Stolkin is Senior Birmingham Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He achieved undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering from Oxford University and a PhD in Robotic Vision from Univeristy College London.

With three patents and about 60 publications on robotics and other areas of science, engineering and applied mathematics, Rustam's 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 14–18 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.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

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