The “Brains on Board (BoB)” Programme grant is tackling grand challenges by testing ideas about bee brains on real robots. It is the intersection between the state-of-the-art in these two fields which makes for both exciting research advances and engaging exhibitions for the public.

The BoB team is proactive in involving students and the public in STEM research through outreach and public engagement events. Outreach activities created and hosted by the BoB team cover several educational objectives. We develop unique activities, as well as build on related outreach projects, in order to give students a hands-on opportunity to experience several STEM disciplines.

In the various activities, students get the chance to…

  • Create algorithms, and subsequent computer programs, to make a robot do a waggle dance
  • Solve problems to figure out how parts of the brain fit together and function
  • Learn about how and why researchers are working on creating artificial life
  • Gain a taste for working in Robotics, Computer Science, and Neuroscience
  • Get an opportunity to talk to scientists, engineers, and researchers about their careers, university, or day-to-day life in these subjects

If you are interested in more information about these activities or want to invite a member of the Brains on Board team to speak to your group, don’t hesitate to get in contact!