The Rise of the Robots – Workshop at City and Islington College

How robots are coming

What jobs were people doing 100 years ago? We were in the midst of World War One and approaching the end of the second industrial revolution. We had electricity, mass production, automotive and aerospace industries.

Technology has already transformed the industries that were commonplace for the jobs of our parents and grandparents.

So what does the world of work look like for the young people who are now leaving education? And looking even further ahead, what about in another 100 years from now? These are the questions MakerClub explored with staff and digital ambassadors at City and Islington College.

Will robots replace the jobs we currently aspire to? Such as Teachers? Doctors? Lawyers? What will we do when we’ve built robots to carry out these jobs? Is there anything robots won’t be able to do?

Our conclusion was that robots would struggle with the creative and social aspects of certain jobs. But where will the robots come from? Someone has to design and engineer these impressive, intelligent machines…


It’s no longer enough simply to be able to use technology; you need to be able to create with it.


With the rise of the Maker Movement, access to maker spaces, more affordable manufacturing technologies and open educational resources we all have the power to disrupt big industry and invent from the comfort of our own homes. So what better way to start than by prototyping our very own walking robots!

Although some robots were more successful than others, we all learnt that failing is a really important part of the creative process and something we shouldn’t be afraid of.

For many of the staff and young people in the room, it was their first experience at programming – every team wrote a simple program to make their robots move, developing key skills in computational thinking, essential for the future world of work.

Kerry Vandersteen, Digital Education Consultant at the College said:


Our staff and students had a lot of fun and were greatly inspired by the possibilities of the maker movement and disruptive technologies.“


The rise of the robots is real but that doesn’t mean that humans will become obsolete. The future world of work needs creative thinkers, inventors, designers and engineers. At MakerClub we run practical STEAM workshops which introduce and develop skills including programming, creative thinking, collaboration and robotics.

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