Making learning fun with robots

Aaron Krause • Jun 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The snake hissed and made rattling noises.

If you dared to approach it, the reptile tried to reach out and bite you.

Children in Nancy Beckett's third-grade classroom at Central Elementary School were startled.

But soon, the youngsters were eager to place their hands in a position to tempt it.

Adults in the room didn't have to worry -- especially Chris Shepherd who, along with his daughter, Emily, made the "snake."

Shepherd, of Willard, is a Lego Mindstorms Community Partner. While he doesn't work for Lego, company officials send him parts, which he takes to schools and youth groups to introduce them to robots -- specifically Lego robots, complete with sensors, motors and processing units.

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