Bridge College collaborates with LuxAI to develop QT Robot software
Bridge College is excited to announce they have a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with LuxAI to develop robotic software. QT the Robot is designed to remove barriers to learning for students with autism and provides innovative opportunities for students to learn new skills.
In recent weeks, Bridge College took its first steps into this exciting project by integrating the QT software into the college's curriculum and implementing the QT Robot within lessons with students. Bridge College will be supporting LuxAI throughout the project with their ongoing developments to the QT Robot's built-in content and frameworks.
Progress to date
The therapy team at Bridge College have taken part in an online video training session with one of the robots' creators, Aida Nazari. The college's Assistive Technologist, Jeremy Hoare, has trained up the curriculum and support staff using the QT Robot with students.
Bridge College has now started trials with three students in one to one sessions, using the social skills curriculum built into the robot. The aim of these sessions is for students to obtain more social success in their everyday life. When social skills expand, the individual has more opportunities to interact with the environment and improve the quality of life.
The sessions have gone incredibly well with each student talking to the Robot. Students have actively engaged with the Robot and have responded well to each session. One of the support workers observed that the student they were working with was able to engage with the Robot for 20-minutes.
A Bridge College Support Worker says,
"This is the longest they have been able to engage in work without support or prompting in the two years I have worked with them".
Tutors and therapists at the college will be monitoring the progress of the three students involved in this trial throughout the remainder of this academic year. They are in the early planning stages of deciding how to develop parts of the curriculum to use in student sessions with the Robot.
Working with LuxAI and seeing how the QT Robot will positively impact Bridge College's curriculum and, most importantly, the student's outcomes are fascinating for Bridge College.