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Robots Behaving Badly

Update: The video for this Step was added on Monday 6 July at 2pm (BST)

No matter how hard we try things don’t always go the way we plan. Whoever said ‘Never work with children or pets’ clearly hadn’t tried filming with robots. Keep an eye on this Step in Week 4 to find out how Richard really got on making the videos for this course.

Please be aware that this video (as with other previous videos in the course), contains brief sequences of flashing/flickering lights which might affect learners who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Looking Ahead

Whatever direction you plan to take in the future, we hope Begin Robotics has encouraged you to take your studies further.

You may be interested in signing up for more great, FutureLearn courses or alternatively perhaps you’re trying to decide what subject to study at University and where? Carry on reading for suggestions for where you might like to head next and develop your skills further.

At the University of Reading

If you’re interested in going beyond online study, we would love to hear from you. We offer courses that can be studied on a full-time and part-time basis:

  • For example, our undergraduate degree in computer science, which includes the option of an industrial placement, providing you with valuable experience.

  • Our Masters programmes (MSc) and Postgraduate Programmes include taught and research-based masters degrees, and PhDs, which allow you to explore your interests.

Further Online Courses

If you enjoyed Begin Robotics, you may like to join our sister course, Begin Programming: Build your first mobile game, where you can learn basic Java programming by developing a simple mobile game that you can run on your computer, Android phone, or tablet.

There are also plenty of other University of Reading courses on FutureLearn to choose from.

You may also like to check out Technology will save us who sell gadgets you can code yourself, as part of their ‘mission to provide families, educators and young people – of all ages, backgrounds and interests – new opportunities to learn and create using technology’.


From all of us here at the University of Reading, we want to say a big thank you for joining us on the course. Keep in touch by tagging/ following us on Twitter: @BeginRobotics or #FLRobotics.

We hope to see you soon!

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