Summer Schools: Robotic explorers (age 10–12)

10.30am to 12.45pm, Friday 23 August

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

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 10–12

  • Speakers

    • Jon Rosewell


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

Put your maths skills to use by programming a robot explorer.

In this session with Jon Rosewell, you will work in a small group to program a small robotic rover. Your first challenge will be to program the rover to drive forward and backward, to turn left and right, and spin on the spot.

Can you use maths make your rover drive an accurate distance? Does adding sensors to your robot let you control it more accurately?

And, as a final challenge, can you program you rover to visit a sequence of locations – and return safely to base?

About the speaker

Jon Rosewell is a Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications Technology at the Open University where he has developed and delivered distance learning courses in a variety of subjects.

Together with colleague Tony Hirst, Jon delivers introductory robotics courses to thousands of students each year. He has also supported activities with younger students because robotics is such a rich domain for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and because robotics will change society and the world we all live in.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 10–12 year-olds and is aimed at those with little or no experience of computer coding. There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

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


Workshops are on the first floor of our building, for which there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, or if you have any other questions, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

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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