We were invited to the 10th Chippenham Cubs Group to talk about disability awareness and to explore how robotics technology might support disability rights together.
We would like to thank the cubs for sending in their drawings, and for taking part we learned a lot together.
Below is our script.
Hello! We are Tillie and Sophie we are researchers at the University of the West of England. Research is asking questions and finding things out to make knowledge. Today you are going to be researchers!
The question we are starting with is what are your hopes and dreams for the future?
In one of our projects we asked disabled young people the same question – and this is what they said – IMAYDIT link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzcRjK51azk
Were their dreams like yours?
Rights are about having dreams and being able to choose your future. Now it is is Disability History Month and the theme is Access.
Access is about making the choices accessible to all.
So we have talked about the future, disability rights and accessibility. You may already know about disability.
Now we are going to talk about robots
Can you draw a robot – what you think a robot looks like?
Here are some drawings made in one of our research projects!
Now we shall see some real robots in action – we showed a short film made by Praminda and Alex at the BRL with Pepper and Double.
How might these robots help your dreams come true? Draw your robot or one like Pepper or Double and show them helping you to achieve your dream
Now you have made knowledge! You know how a robot might help your dreams come true. Think about how robots might help disabled children achieve their dreams. More drawing!
To celebrate lets learn from the robots – lets dance – https://twitter.com/st_monica_trust/status/1011994872457330688?lang=en
To the left are the drawings from the Cub group demonstrating the knowledge we generated in the session.