Scottish SPCA's 'Prevention through education programme' using robot animals

Press/Media: Research


Dr. Joanne Williams' research investigates the effects of puppy farming on dog behaviour and health.

Period14 Nov 2018

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Media coverage

  • TitleGilly Mendes Ferreira: Robot war on animal cruelty for children
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Scotsman
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis article written for The Scotsman reports on the SPCA's educations teams recent initiative where they have teamed up with Robo Wunderkind which facilitates the provision of robotic parts so that children can build a robot animal that through coding can make animal noises and demonstrate that living animals have the same senses and responses.

    Research in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (which Dr. Joanne Williams is a principal researcher) has shown that the ‘Prevention through Education’ programme has impacted children's perception of animals as beings that have feelings and deserve to be treated with compassion.
    Producer/AuthorGilly Mendes Ferreira
    PersonsJoanne Williams