JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - At City Youth Ministries this week, students are being introduced to the world of robotics.
Dr. Edward Hammerand from Arkansas State University led instructions Thursday afternoon.
"You are building a robot that can go into a dangerous place or a place with no air, or a place with no food or water, some place that a human being might not want to do," Hammerand said. "That's what the robot is going to do."
Hammerand said the project sparks interest in something many children never get the chance to explore.
"The almost universal response I get is 'I never saw this when I was a kid, I wish they had this when I was a kid,'" Hammerand said.
Though it seems like just fun and games, Hammerand said the project can drive these kids to a passion for math and science.
"When you're taught something just for the sake of 'I have to take science this year, I have to take math this year,' it's a whole different thing to say 'I want to build a robot, so teach me some science so I can build this robot, or teach me some math," Hammerand said.
It's all in an effort to open doors now, instead of later.
"The technology appeals but without that opportunity, the match doesn't have a chance to strike, so nothing happens," Hammerand said. "But here, it does."
Hammerand said the kids still have a few more days to work on the projects.
They'll even have a chance to learn a little computer programming to teach the robots what they want them to do.
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