AI-enabled Robots Teach Lessons in Bengaluru School

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  • The robots—dressed in formal female attire—teach lessons in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History and Physics
  • They have been designed and built in-house by a 17-member team from the school at a cost of ₹8 lakh each
A humanoid robot assisting the teacher in a classroom (Courtesy: Indus International School)

The Indus International School, Bengaluru (IISB) has become the first school in the world to introduce the Collaborative Learning Model (CLM), where teachers will have robot assistants while delivering lessons in classrooms.

The CLM is being implemented for Grades 7, 8 and 9 for Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History and Geography.

Three robots, dressed in formal female attire, are teaching lessons in these five subjects daily to about 300 students. They also interact with them and respond to questions in the subjects.

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The brain behind

The school’s chief design officer, Vignesh Rao, and his 17-member team have designed and built the three robots in-house from light-weight 3D-printed materials with imported smart servo motors. These 5-foot 7-inch robots emulate human-like gestures while delivering the lessons in the classroom.

It took the team nearly two years to design and develop these robots with software, hardware and AI to make them teaching assistants.

The team consists of teachers in the respective subjects – programmers, content developers, graphic designers and hardware engineers who built the mobile robots, weighing 45 kg each.

The team sourced hardware and software components from the best players in the industry and assembled them in-house at a cost of ₹8 lakh each.

Not a replacement  

These robots will not replace real teachers, they will complement them in teaching lessons in the subjects, Rao said.

This will give teachers sufficient time to focus more on concepts, their relevance and application and mentoring the students, he added.

Touted as the first-of-its-kind, the school plans to scale the pilot project to roll out more robots for other classes and more subjects in future.

The school is also in the process of applying for an international patent to protect the IP (intellectual property) of its Eagle 2.0 version humanoid robot.

 

With inputs from IANS

 

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