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Robot programming with HPE

Learn the basic programming constructs whilst controlling a robot!

Robot programming with HPE

Our interactive robot programming workshop is designed to give young students an introduction to the world of computing, through an engaging experience demonstrating the power of programming in a non-intimidating, beginner-friendly way.

We aim to give every young student the foundation they need to pursue a career in software engineering by showing them how much of it isn't as difficult as they may perceive it to be, and how they can express their creativity in their work.

The skills they learn here can propel them to a wide range of career opportunities ranging from creating engaging user-friendly interfaces as a Front-End developer to being a Robotics developer and many more.


The sessions are intended for groups with a supervisor or teacher. Minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 16 participants.


The experience runs for 5 to 6 weeks, with a 1-hour session per week via Zoom.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • General engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

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