Open Labs

Open Labs is an exciting new project funded by UK-TAS and supported by academic partners at University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, Heriot-Watt University, The University of the West of England, Sheffield Hallam University and The Open University.

Users will be able to remotely control a robot in a university laboratory from your own computer or laptop. You can then experience the inner workings of the lab through the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of the robot that you are operating.  Through this immersive experience, you will have an understanding and appreciation of what happens inside these university laboratory spaces. We want people to understand that university labs are open to everyone and by using simple technology at home, school, or local library we can open up areas that may previously have seemed inaccessible.

Once remotely inside the lab, you will have access to university students and professors who can talk to you about the projects they are working on. Depending on the audience, we will create an engaging experience where you can move the robots around the lab. 

The pilot events will take place between January and March 2022 and we are seeking volunteers who would like to take part as the operators of the robot. This is open and accessible to all so whether you are a teacher representing a school class, a leader of an extra curricular school club, or a representative from an adult social care background we would love to hear from you to set up an event. Please complete the form below to indicate your interest. 

Next event: Discovery STEM Prizewinners event

On 20.12.2021, prizewinners from Discovery STEM Education will be joining us in the Sheffield Robotics lab.
Prize winning students from the UK, China, Hong Kong and Turkey will be accessing the lab remotely for a tour of the lab and discussions with the PhD students about their projects. They will then take part in the Miro Maze challenge, where they remotely operate Consequential Robotics Biomimetic robot, Miro around a maze.
Miro Maze challenge