Nao arrives at Heber

Nao Robot

Nao Robot

Yesterday, the Nao robot arrived at Heber Primary School to become the latest piece of exciting technology in the Future Box. We are now writing a series of lessons to develop the use of the robot in the classroom. 

We have also had a delivery of a class set of Makey Makey's and the VEX IQ robotics kits, where we hope to enter the National Competition.

What's been happening at Future Box this week...

Future Box News

Over the next few weeks we will be working in collaboration with The Little Devices Lab at MiT. We are going to be using one of their kits to develop lessons on biology and chemistry in school. 

We are also going to be working with Hackaball, a computer programmable ball. We are going to help develop lessons and resources for them and also the Future Box. 


Heber Primary School News

Over the past few weeks at Heber Primary School, the children have been involved in some mini hack-a-thons where they have been testing  all of the kit that will eventually be in the box. These taster sessions have been a great success and the feedback from the pupils has been really positive.


The highlight of the hack days has been the Ozobot. This little robot has allowed children as young as 5 to learn how to code with colour. The children have been using felt tips to investigate simple code. Blue, green blue, for instance, makes it speed up. Whereas Red, blue, green might make it do a U-turn, or take the next left.



We have just secured confirmation of the Future box Nao Robot and we look forward to introducing this to lessons and the curriculum over the next term.



We have also been visiting Makerversity, and are going to be trying out a series of lessons which utilise making and creativity. 

The box is filling up...

We have been working hard to get a number of different gadgets into the box. This week Stef's daughter taught some children in Year 6 about Electric paint. She demonstrated how she used bare conductive electric paint to design a touch board which plays the bird songs of several different birds. The Touch Board is designed as an easy-to-use platform for a huge range of projects. It can turn almost any material or surface into a sensor. Connect anything conductive to one of its 12 electrodes and it triggers a sound via its onboard MP3 player.


New Tech arrives at Heber Primary

Our project for inspirational technology in the classroom has started well  as lots of new and exciting tech has started to arrive at Heber this week. The Ollie and Sphero have been a huge success with the code clubs running in school. The children have also been testing MiP and Ozobot

Last week I attended the Bett education technology show in London's Excel Centre. Bett is the world's leading learning technology event and has been bringing innovation and inspiration to the education sector for over 30 years. I met some really exciting companies who are excited about our project. Some of the highlights from the show included:

Nao Robot

Sphero and Ollie

3D Printing & Printers

Stop Frame Animation

Lego Ev3



Let's get this show on the road!

2014 ended with a rather exciting letter from the Clore Duffield Foundation. Mainly because it contained a cheque for £25,000!

So we are kicking off the new year getting our plans in order, researching what might go into the box, getting in touch with manufacturers, writing lesson plans, and doing whatever we possibly can to get a stack of amazing gadgets into school so we can work out how we could use them in the classroom.

Please get in touch if you'd like to be part of the project - we'd love to hear from technologists and educators alike!