Crawley College Invests in New Robots for IT Department

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The IT Academy at Crawley College has just purchased 8 Makeblock 10-in-1 Robot Kits to support our students’ understanding of mechanical design, electronics and programming. Having built the kits, IT the students are now busy programming the robots to perform a variety of functions, including use as camera dolly robots which are being developed with help from Creative Media students.

Crawley College is committed to promoting practical projects that utilise IT skills to prepare students for the workplaces of the future. The project is designed to support creative uses of IT and develop skills in coding, design and human computer interaction.

Dan Creed, the Head of Learning, for IT, Creative Media and Engineering says: ‘I’m really excited to see the students testing their IT knowledge with robotics. In a world where software engineering is becoming more important to everyday life this is a key skill moving forward for manufacturing and these kits help develop understanding of how to use programing to give instruction for machines. The important point here to encourage creative thinking along with professional approaches to project development.’

The IT Academy at Crawley College continues to offer a modern, interactive learning environment complete with cutting-edge technology and software to enhance the digital and computing skills of young people and those already working in the IT industry. In addition, the college offers an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses. The college is keen to explore ways of improving digital skills in the local community and welcomes any opportunities to support individuals or groups.

The next Crawley College Open Evening takes place on Thursday 7th June, and on Saturday 9th June, the college is hosting a Taster Day, open to people of all ages to come along and try their hand at a number of courses and activities.

For more information regarding IT, Creative Media, Engineering or any other of the courses at Crawley College, please visit www.crawley.ac.uk. Applications for September 2018 are still being accepted.

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