Instructional Robot Was Provided By Long Island-Based Teq

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Students at a Brooklyn middle school now have a robot in the class, and they’ve been learning how to program it.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the new student at the John Ericsson Middle School in Brooklyn is about 2 feet tall and extremely popular. The students have NAO instructional robot is the newest addition to Steve House’s seventh grade science class, and the students have been writing programs for it since it arrived recently.

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Students Daniel, Brandon and Oliver taught the robot to have a conversation with D’Auria.

“Do you like cookies?” the robot asked.

“I like cookies very much,” D’Auria replied.

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“You should try chocolate chip,” the robot said. “Either way, my favorite radio station is 1010 WINS.”

The robot was provided by Long Island-based education company Teq, through its JumpStart NAO program. The students are learning real-life skills, said Joe Dixon of Teq.

“There are 2 million jobs in the robotics industry. That’s expected to double over the next few years. So what we’re teaching these students to do right now will actually prepare them for their careers for tomorrow,” Teq said.

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