Nuffield Research Placement 2016
The UCL Department of Computer Science hosted Floriane Fidegnon-Edoh, a Nuffield research student, this summer. The aim of the internship was to develop a tutorial-based guide to using robots.
Floriane was nominated to speak at the Nuffield Celebration Event in November 2016.
The presentation can be found here.
Student's Bio: Floriane Fidegnon-Edoh is a Sixth former at The Ursuline Academy Ilford. She is a memebr of the British Science Association's CREST Youth Panel and a contributor to the BSA's 'Science:not just for Scientists' inaugural essay collection. Floriane's interest began in 2013 at the National Science + Engineering Competition where her team won the Shell prize for Sustainability. Her subsequent projects have included attending a tech incubator, mentoring students for STEM competitions and working for a tech company based on STEM education. Floriane hopes to study engineering at university.
LinkedIn: Floriane Fidegnon
Robot Race 2015
Our 4nd Annual Robot Race concluded with an exciting few final days racing and our winners being awarded trophies by our sponsors Morgan Stanley. The races are the culmination of our CS Undergraduate Module Robotics Programming, in which students learn to program a robot and move it successfully around a course.
The students had not seen the track layout until the morning of the race, at which point they had to battle the clocks to program their robots to understand the twists and turns of the course.
Congratulations to the winners:
1st place team - Jamie Law & Daniel Gavrilov.
2nd place team - Kwok Cheng & Alex Xu
3rd place team - Bagus Maulana & Vika Christy.
First year CS students works demonstrated at Microsoft Devices and Networking Summit 2015
In collaboration with Microsoft UK, Microsoft Research and Microsoft USA, the UCL Engduino has successfully been integrated with the TouchDevelop programming environment which was demonstrated at the Microsoft Research Devices and Networking Summit 2015 in Paris.
This hands-on model of teaching kids to program with devices and sensors opens doors to a huge arena of CS education. A cohort of first year Computer Science students have developed the UCL Coding Curriculum, which will be updated yearly with exercises for school children to learn to code with.
At the Summit in Paris, five of the first year student projects this year were demonstrated to an audience of academics and companies. These included a slouching sensor app, an app for drones to collect readings in the air, an RFID card reader and a door security system. The Coding Curriculum materials were also explained, showing how our first years can help to teach school children.
Each attendee was also given a UCL Engduino to take away, sponsored by Microsoft Research. The UCL team that took part in presenting consisted of Dr Dean Mohamedally, Dr Venus Shum, Dr Yun Fu, Rae Harbird and Jan Medvesek. Several Professors attending the summit got the opportunity to trial the device and explore its features, including Prof Judith Bishop, Head of Computer Science and Prof Bill Buxton (www.billbuxton.com ), Principal Researcher, both at Microsoft Research.
Dr Mohamedally reports "We are exceptionally proud of the first years CSwork, which has led to the publication of several exercise examples for use in schools. They used ideas of Constructionism and problem-based learning to really engage with interesting and entertaining examples. We also thank the schools that came on board to trial with Rae and the teaching team. We look forward to the next iteration of our UCL Coding Curriculum and reaching out to a larger number of schools."
Please visit engduino.org for more information. We thank Microsoft for their continued support of our students projects.