Bristol entrepreneur launches autumn series of robotics events
A Bristol-based female entrepreneur is offering students the chance to make their own robots at a series of monthly sessions launching this autumn.
The first event will be on Tuesday 24 September at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, where Zan Nadeem, who spearheads the events, is based.
Zan’s company, Restech, aims to inform students about the world of robots, providing knowledge and resources so they can create their own. The purpose of the monthly sessions, which are called iLearning, is to give students the opportunity to find out more about robots and how they work.
Each month, there will be a different theme with the September event being about robot arms and students will have the opportunity to build one themselves.
Zan Nadeem, director of Restech, said: “Robotics isn’t studied as a specific subject in schools yet it offers huge potential in terms of an exciting and rewarding career. These events give students a hands-on and interactive experience, and allow them to explore their interest in the subject in a fun and informal environment.”
The events are aimed at young students between 10 and 14 years old and students from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire are welcome.
Bonnie Dean, chief executive of the Bristol & Bath Science Park, said: “The global growth in robotics makes this a great potential career for young people. Zan’s sessions are hugely important in helping to promote the sector to the next generation and open doors for young people. At the Park we specifically seek to support enterprise in this type of highly-skilled sector which contributes to the South West’s economic prospects.”
Zan started Restech in 2011 having graduated in Robotics from the University of the West of England. In addition to holding the iLearning session, Restech also holds robotics workshops in schools and sells basic robot-building kits for people without a technology background. The business has won several awards and was shortlisted for the Lloyds TSB Enterprise awards earlier this year.
Zan added: “The most important thing is to provide an inclusive and fun atmosphere for students to come and learn about robots, get stuck in and have a really good time. The Science Park will provide the ideal backdrop for this.”
The September event is from 6pm until 7.30pm and costs £12.50. To register, go to http://ilearningrobotworkshopbristol-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/