Singapore: robots’ potential role in childhood education study

The pilot study conducted by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) aims measuring the impact of social robots in early childhood education

Robots are set to be attributed an important role in education in Singapore, with the latest IDA pilot study that addresses the use of social robots during early childhood.

IDA will asses the impact of social robots on collaborative play and interactive story telling in preschools, along with integrated lesson plans and good practices. Experts hope that, in the future, social robots will complement traditional teaching methods, as well as boost important child abilities, such as collaboration and social interaction.

The announcement of the innovative study was made today by Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

The pilot study is currently experimented at My First Skool, Jurong Point and MY World, Bukit Panjang preschool centers, following partnership with Softbank Telecom Singapore and NTU Robotics Research Centre. The assessments will end in October.