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American experts work with Glasgow children in classroom of the future

Pupils at Kelvinside Academy were in for a treat as the world’s leading innovation school came to the city.

Experts from Harvard and MIT universities in America worked with pupils attending design and technology camps, entitled ‘Aye Robot’ at the Academy in the city’s west end, to explore the combined intelligence of machines and humans to solve problems.

Professor Frank Coton, University of Glasgow Vice-Principal, Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive Officer at Glasgow’s Science Centre and Alex Clarke from Skills Development Scotland were among the studio visitors who met the pupils, and their robots.

The camp was made possible thanks to the school’s exclusive partnership with NuVu, a Boston based company which seeks to challenge the concept of traditional forms of education.

Leading academics hailed the exclusive partnership, which allowed pupils to learn valuable skills that will help them prepare for life outside the school gates.


Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive Officer at Glasgow’s Science Centre, said: “It’s inspiring to see all this innovation at Kelvinside Academy. Pupils are being challenged to think outside the box and are coming up with some truly astonishing solutions.”

Martha Armstrong, S2 pupil at Kelvinside Academy, said: “You create incredible products and get to use kit you’ve never tried before like laser cutters and 3-D printers. You are constantly learning but it doesn’t feel like you’re in school being taught.”

The school’s rector, Ian Munro, secured the partnership with NuVu, and he said: We are thrilled with the success of the studios that have been running at Kelvinside Academy. I’m so pleased our partnership has allowed our children to experience a very different, but no less valid, way of learning.”

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