3D-printed android opens new robotics lab at Lincoln school

A 3D-printed robot has officially opened a new robotics lab at The Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln.

MARC (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion) from the University of Lincoln was the VIP guest who cut the ribbon on the school’s £110,000 facility.

Year 7 student Hannah Hemlin activated a pre-set computer programme and MARC, to the applause of pupils, staff and scientists from the university, did the rest.

Photo: Priory Academy LSST

Photo: Priory Academy LSST

The robotics lab has been part-funded by a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a charity which supports excellence in science and education.

The new room boasts 15 high-spec computers, a 3D printer and a laser printer and will be used by Sixth Form engineering students at the academy.

Mr Robin Jones, Head of Technology at The Priory, said: “The interest and excitement among students has been phenomenal and it’s wonderful to be able to offer these opportunities in the very latest technology.”

Guests of honour Dr David Cobham, Head of the School of Computer Science at the university, and Professor Tom Duckett, who leads its robotics research centre, answered questions at a Year 8 assembly before also taking part in a workshop with Sixth Formers.

Dr Cobham said: “The computing and robotics industries are developing at an extremely rapid pace, so it is wonderful to see that school pupils in Lincolnshire have access to such important facilities to support their education.”