Liverpool school trials advanced robotics technology to improve student learning 

St John Bosco Arts College, has become the first school in the UK to trial advanced robotics technology.

Intelligent delivery robot, BellaBot is set to transform the way in which the Catholic all-girls school operates. At just under 1.3 meters tall, BellaBot has a unique cat-like interface and has previously been employed by the hospitality industry.

The school has partnered with leading technology company GW Robotics, to introduce robots that offer a myriad of potential applications within schools. The robot can assist in getting equipment and supplies around, work in the library and recommend books to students, and even serve as guides, showing visitors around the school with ease.

BellaBot’s unique AI voice means that it can create positive emotional connections with staff and students, meaning that social interaction remains a key aspect within school.

St John Bosco Arts College's adoption of this trailblazing technology is a significant milestone in the Liverpool City Region and reflects the school's commitment to embracing innovation and maintaining a cutting-edge educational experience for its students.

"We are excited to introduce this innovative technology to our students and educators," said Darren Gidman, headteacher at St John Bosco Arts College. "The robots will provide a unique and engaging learning experience for our students, preparing them for the modern world and its evolving technologies."

"We believe this initiative will revolutionise the learning experience at our school, as it will help us inculcate our values of love, faith, community, respect, and hope in their hearts and minds.”

The robot technology will also provide an exciting opportunity for students to develop valuable skills and expertise that will prepare them for the rapidly evolving job market. 

Darren Gidman added: “Currently, 26% of the UK’s tech workforce are women [1] and as an all-girls school we hope to inspire more females into the sector through this trial as they will be able to see the humanistic side of coding and tech for themselves.”

[1] Diversity and Inclusion in UK Tech:

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