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Spurs stars join students for football with a difference

Harry Kane and Ezekiel Fryers joins students for a game of robot football

Harry Kane and Zeki Fryers joined students to test out Middlesex University football-playing robots for a remote-controlled match in Hendon. The nail-biting robotic match – which featured in the Evening Standard – saw striker Harry Kane’s team take the title.

The players’ visit allowed them to see the technologies and hands-on educational experiences students of the new Tottenham University Technical College (UTC) will have access to, thanks to the club’s partnership with Middlesex University.

The robots, known as Myrtle Robots, are a novel teaching tool used by the University.  Designed by Middlesex staff, Design Engineering students used their first term to learn to manufacture and build the robots.  They were then passed on to Computer Science students who used them to learn how to programme, allowing all of the students to put their learning into practice.

The innovative robots are equipped with wi-fi and a webcam – allowing them to be controlled by a remote joystick and even Twitter feeds running off a web server.  They use technologies based on the Raspberry Pi and Arduino microprocessors, and have proved really successful in the students’ learning process.

This collaborative learning approach will form the basis for the teaching practice at the new Tottenham UTC which is due to open in September. The specialist college will focus on technology and science for sport, health and engineering.

See the Tottenham Hotspur video here.

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