College embraces future with new life-like teaching robot
A ROBOT dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller will go down as one of the best ways St Joseph's College could introduce "the future of education".
The college will now use a humanoid robot called NAO to help in its classrooms.
NAO is the world's leading humanoid robot for education, healthcare and research.
During yesterday's assembly, students went from quiet amazement to fits of laughter as NAO introduced itself, danced, relaxed with some tai chi and sat on the stage like a human being.
Principal Nicholas Lynch said the college bought the robot off a Melbourne company called Brainary Interactive.
"Australian schools have got to change what they are doing to make kids suitable for future jobs," he said.
"This is one way (of doing that). We're bringing in the robot to show kids that this is a way forward and to use science, technology and mathematics as an opportunity for kids to learn."
NAO is 58cm tall and a fully programmable robot that can walk, talk, listen and even recognise human faces.
Mr Lynch said the robot would help with language, maths, science and art classes, learning support and ICT (information communication and technology).
NAO robots have been used for research and education purposes in numerous academic institutions worldwide.