Robot teacher, wax 'Karen' on Fools' Day

Madame Tussauds Sydney's prank involves immortalising
Madame Tussauds Sydney's prank involves immortalising "Karens" the world over in wax form.

Australia's first robot teacher and a talking waxwork figure named Karen are among this year's April Fools' Day attempts.

After 2020 didn't offer much to laugh about, Firbank Junior Grammar School in Melbourne and Madame Tussauds Sydney are getting into the spirit of April 1.

The Sandringham primary school is spruiking its newest staff member on Thursday - an android which specialises in teaching the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) robotics curriculum.

"The new teacher, Professor Tubby (the robot) has an honorary PHD in robotics because, well, they are a robot," it said.

"Who better to tech the children about robotics than a robot?"

Students will be introduced to their "new teacher" at an assembly on Thursday, with Prof Tubby's appearance giving kids a hands-on approach to learning about the digital world.

Further down in the media release, the school admits "Tubby may be powered by a human called Paul but the STEM focus of the students and dedication to science literacy is clear".

In Sydney, Madame Tussauds' prank involves immortalising "Karens" the world over in wax form.

"Karen", a descriptor for middle-aged and class white woman with an entitled, condescending and often racist attitude, was Macquarie Dictionary's people's choice for 2020 word of the year.

The Sydney wax museum said we all knew a "Karen" or two, and it was time they were honoured with their own figure.

"Karen will be complete with the signature asymmetrical bob and highlights, she'll have acrylic nails and over-sized sunnies," Madame Tussauds Sydney's Mikayla McGlone said.

"But what will really bring Karen to life will be that she's a talking figure and we're calling on the public to help us select what she'll say."

Australian Associated Press