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Students in metro Atlanta are on spring break this week. Usually you may think of spring break as a time to hang out in a park or play video games, but this year more than 200 kids chose to spend part of their vacation celebrating National Robotics Week.
There are hundreds of robots at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Students got to meet a few of them ─ including high-speed drones and self-driving cars.
They saw robots that can clean your room, shave your face and even help you make macaroni and cheese. Ph.D. student Baris Akgun demonstrated how he teaches a robot named “Curi” to pour macaroni.
AKGUN: “Curi, can you hear me?
ROBOT: Yes. Can you teach me how to pour?
AKGUN: Yes I can.”
Eleven-year-old Jack Ernst from Paulding County said he’s never seen so many robots in one place before.
“This is actually inspiring me to go and start building robots,” Ernst said.
Director Henrik Christensen said he hopes the open house will inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“It’s very hard, you know in other disciplines to really see, ‘What does engineering mean?’ When you come and see the robot, you get it immediately, and you say, ‘This is so cool!’” Christensen said.
Students in attendance won prizes and received a set of robot trading cards.