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NAO Robotics Program by Champions at Beebe Elementary / Naperville School District

Some students at Beebe Elementary have storytelling down to a science. Naperville News 17's Evan Summers learned more about these students and their robots.

Then the most amazing thing happened.

Amazing indeed. These robots can walk, talk and even change colors. But the real trick is when they tell you a story. That's thanks to their programming done by students in the Champions After School Robotics Class at Beebe.

Student (Sofia P.): I learned about how the robots work and the programming, and how to program it.

Student (Garrett K.): Their favorite motion was to like make them stand up, because when they stand up they could do like a lot motions, like waving.

Throughout the 5 week course, students studied robotics basics while incorporating other areas of education.

Kendra Onorato: They make their own stories. They come up with the top of their head, it's all basically creative writing. And they also have math, science and all the stem curriculum that goes along with robotics.

Starting from a basic template, students programmed their story telling robots from scratch, choosing every motion, sound effect and eye color change. And practice makes perfect, as the students carefully reviewed their work before saving their final product.

Kendra Onorato: It does get pretty complex at times, but the kids are handling it just fine.

At the end of the course, students and their robots will present their stories to family and friends. Reporting for Naperville News 17, I'm Evan Summers.

In the next module, students will learn how to program the robots to do their favorite dances.

  • Mar 8, 2016 8:55:50 AM

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