Students in two fourth grade classes got the chance recently to
interact with a modern robot and learn about the possibilities for
robot technology in the future.
On Monday, Feb. 6, "Yoda" and "Natasha", two
humanoid robots from the Capital Region BOCES Northeastern Regional
Information Center (NERIC), visited the students to demonstrate the
latest in robotics. The visit was organized by Librarian Audrey
Equipped with state-of-the-art motion, vision, tactile and audio
capabilities, Yoda and Natasha can be programmed to be autonomous
and interactive. NERIC employees Hilary Dee and Colin Strainge are
the robots’ handlers, and they travel to schools throughout the area
to educate students about robot technology.
“He can almost do anything,” said fourth grader
Alexandria Gyurik, explaining the capabilities of the small robots.
“They had them hold hands, walk, sing happy
birthday, dance and play air guitar,” said Tobias Hand.
Gyurik and Hand are among the students active in
the school’s new Coding Club, which Mrs. Maldonado started this
fall. The Coding Club members were interested to see programming in
action through the two robots. Each day during recess, club members
can use Scratch, a computer program developed at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology to teach students about coding. Students use
the program to produce games, animated videos, graphics and more.
“It’s fun. You can create anything,” said club
member Maya Maschetti.
Students said during the visit, they discussed
future uses for programmable robots like Yoda and Natasha. Students
said in the future it’s possible to see humanoid technology in
homes, stores, vehicles, hospitals and elsewhere.
Click below to watch a video of the robot singing
Top: A students holds a humaniod robot that
visited class Feb. 6. Middle left: NERIC employees Hilary Dee
answers questions the robots. Middle right: Librarian Audrey
Maldonado works with Coding Club members during recess.
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