Notre Dame celebrates robots during kickoff to 'National Robotics Week'

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Most people have seen robots in popular movies like 'Transformers' or 'Star Wars.'

Today they got a chance to interact with them in real life.

Dozens of people stopped by the Morris Inn on Notre Dame's campus today for the 'National Robotics Week Kickoff.'

Families got a chance to see how robots like 'Ted' work.

Students programed him to mimic human movements, like dancing, and he can even answer questions.

While the robots are a lot of fun to watch them play, many of them also play important roles in research.

“Over the summer in the fun lab, we're working with these robots with children who have autism,” said Michael Prough, a Notre Dame student. “Adolescents who have autism and those who don't will be at these robotics camps. We'll be pairing them up and teaching them how to program the robot. And hopefully they'll learn social skills with each other as they work in teams.”

Kids also got a chance to try flying drones.

“My favorite thing we've seen is the Lego's, that was epic,” said 8-year-old Jack Meester.

Some had so much fun they signed up for robotics clubs.


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