When a toothbrush becomes a robot

When a toothbrush becomes a robot

A bite-size syllabus based on ice cream and toothbrushes has been launched to get pupils interested in engineering.

University College London (UCL) has joined The Brilliant Club to create the courses, which are aligned with the themes of UCL’s integrated engineering programme, “Everyday Engineering and Changing Lives”.

Pupils in years 5 and 6 across the country will learn about ice cream – a dream come true, perhaps, but also an opportunity to highlight different types of engineering, from chemical to mechanical.

Meanwhile, a toothbrush will help pupils in years 7 and 8 get to grips with engineering basics.

They will take it apart and use its components to build a robot, fitting it with a microchip and sensors, and programming it to respond to simple commands.

Pic: Pupils explore robotics as part of a UCL engineering engagement programme