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Arrival: 9.30-10.00

You will be met by PGCE Festival staff at the Bus terminal who will guide you to the Arts Centre and remain with you for the duration of your visit.

Activity 1: Making robots… robots?

What makes a robot a robot? And more importantly, what does it take to make one autonomous or even intelligent? Claire Rocks, from the Computer Science Department, will help you find out in this interactive introduction to the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Activity 2: My Life in a Freezer – Tales from a Modern Day Explorer

Hear from inspirational polar explorer and Coventrian, Mark Wood as he talks about his experiences of travelling in some of the most remote regions of the planet. From survival in sub-zero temperatures, to coming face-to-face with polar bears, find out more about how he prepares for such journeys, what he eats, how his specialist clothing protects him and why he keeps on succeeding. Mark is resident explorer for IGGY, the University’s educational and social network for the brightest students around the world. The University is a keen supporter of this remarkable man whose adventures will thrill and spark the imagination as he describes battling the elements during Everest ascents and lone expeditions to both Poles.

Activity 3: Interactive National Grid Discovery Zone

The Butterworth Hall will be transformed to house some of the University's most exciting research and teaching. The children will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with equipment and take part in exciting interactive activities. Discover how the five senses shape our lives and meet some of our talented students and expert professors, keen to share their knowledge.

Departure: 12.45-13.00

The PGCE Festival Staff will guide you back to your coach when your activities have finished.

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Mark Wood

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