Beam Me In!
“Beam me in” will soon be a familiar request at Brilliant Labs in the coming weeks and months. Students and teachers from around New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and beyond will now be able to “Beam” into a five-foot tall rolling robot that looks like a computer on wheels. This is a great way to engage urban and rural students alike as they can collaborate and get advice from our team in Fredericton.
Telepresence robots allow students and teachers to beam in from anywhere in the
province to access help from Brilliant Labs' Program Director, Jacob Lingley, and our Engineer in Residence, Tri Ngo Ba. Students and Teachers can book 30 minute time slots. Once they receive their secure login credentials, they can take direct control of the robot and navigate freely around the lab and get first hand instructional, technical and coding advice for their projects.
We need to reach more students, but it’s impossible to be in Saint John to support a class for 8:30am and then be in Miramichi only minutes later. These telepresence robots are a way to make ourselves more accessible. Students can work with us and be physically present in our makerspaces - it makes project based learning from a distance a more engaging and helpful experience. Brilliant Labs currently has three telepresence robots operating in New Brunswick, with a fourth on it’s way. Brilliant Labs piloted telepresence last year and the first Beam robot was placed at the Centre d’apprentissage du Haut-Madawaska, a Francophone school in Clair, New Brunswick. Students were able to benefit from visits from university professors from France, and Moncton, as well as Brilliant Labs educators and other partners. It’s our hope that students will be able to benefit from experts available from around the world and also use the robots so that students may work collaboratively with other students and teachers from across the province.
To officially welcome Beam to the team, Brilliant Labs is launching the Name Our Robot Contest February 13-28th, 2017.
Students in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are asked to submit robot name suggestions for a chance to win a 3D printer for their classroom. The winning class will be announced March 3rd, 2017 and once the 3D printer arrives, students will be able to beam into the Brilliant Labs makerspace to learn how to use it.
Click to learn more about the "Name Our Robot" contest.