We jumped at the chance to participate in an Artificial Intelligence based experiment with Durham and Newcastle Universities recently, and when Robbie the Robot arrived, we knew we had made the right decision!  Children had the opportunity to meet and converse with Robbie over a number of interactive games while researchers collected data to assist them with their line of enquiry. Local television news channels were also interested in this story, and we had visits from both ITV and BBC who filmed children in action with Robbie and even interviewed the children afterwards.  They love the thought of being on television and were perfectly at home in front of the camera!

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