Bio-Robots: Crawl, Jump, and Slither!

To co-create with local schools and schoolteachers, teaching activities and curriculum materials to engage school-students through the creation of Bio-Inspired Robotics.


1 June 2022

1 June 2022 

Research Team

Ifat Yasin (Lead)
Co leads:
 Stephen Hailes, Elnaz, Zare, Emma Bryant, Dimitrios Kanoulas, Ben Littlefield

Technology Areas

Bio-inspired robotics aligned to UN Global goals.

Application Areas

Education, Policy, Robotics applied to UN Global goals


UCL Computer Science has been awarded an EPSRC, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Public Engagement Champion award (£200,000). The funding will support the co-development, co-creation, as well as delivery and evaluation of public engagement activities aimed to engage school students with STEM fields of Computing, Coding, Maths, Mechanics, Biology, Physics, and Acoustics through the creation of Bio-Inspired Robotics. UCL Computer Science Researchers will be collaborating with teachers from local schools and school students aged between 11-17 years. The teaching materials will be co-created with the teachers and will establish a resource that can be used in curriculum teaching.

The main aims of the project are:

  • Inspire: Encourage and inspire school students to consider STEM subjects and careers.
  • Transform: Use alternative spaces for learning such as the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and a variety of learning techniques and materials to engage learning.
  • Influence: Measures of the impact of such teaching and learning activities and materials will be obtained. The information gained will be useful in planning future engagement activities around STEM subjects and creation of curriculum materials.