OO entrepreneurs give students a masterclass in robotics

Old Oakhamians Harry Smith (16) and Jack Cornes (16), founders of the revolutionary company ‘Hausbots’, returned to the School to run a ‘Build Your First Robot’ workshop for Lower, Middle and Upper School students. 

The students were given the opportunity to construct a floor-cleaning robot with kits that were designed and manufactured by ‘Hausbots’ using a low-cost 3D printer. By the end of the activity, everyone had built robots that ‘cleaned’ around obstacles.

Head of Library, Darryl Toerien, said: “The students’ attention was transfixed throughout the session and they were fascinated to see how the robots turned until the way ahead was clear and then continued to clean in a straight line.”

Darryl continued: “It was great to welcome Harry and Jack back to Oakham School where their path to ‘HausBots’started. They demonstrated not only how building and programming robots is fun and can be accessible to all but also how key this discipline is to the future.”

Harry Smith enjoyed much TeenTech success whilst at Oakham School and picked up two TeenTech Awards in 2016 for his cordless hairdryer. This enterprising experience put him in good stead to go on and create his company Hausbots, which specialises in creating construction and household robotics, with fellow colleagues Jack Cornes and Liam Toothill.

Oakham School has seen an impressive winning record in the TeenTech Awards and hopes to inspire more students to become tomorrow’s innovators; our latest success was at the June 2018 TeenTech Awards when Form 6 student Holly won Best Research Award Project for her inquiry into the causes of the underrepresentation of women in computer science.

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