SINGAPORE: Robots could soon play a bigger role in early childhood education in Singapore, with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) currently exploring the use of social robots in a pilot study.
Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim on Tuesday (May 31) announced this in his opening address at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange (imbX) at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
IDA is currently conducting its pilot study with the aim of testing the impact of social robots in the areas of collaborative play and interactive story telling. It also aims to develop relevant lesson plans and good practices for the future use of social robots in preschools.
The authority said these social robots can complement traditional teaching methods, encourage collaboration and social interaction among young children.
The pilot study is being conducted at two preschool centres - My First Skool at Jurong Point and MY World @ Bukit Panjang - in partnership with Softbank Telecom Singapore and NTU Robotics Research Centre. The study started in April this year and will end in October.