Students Learn the Importance of Robotics at MHS

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Monterey Hills Elementary School held its 2nd annual robotics evening on Wednesday, April 12. Approximately 100 MHS students, siblings, and families participated in hands-on activities that included Kiwi the tutor robot, Turtlebot the roaming, mapping and navigation robot, Beam the remote presence robot, and over 10 Spheros, colorful robot balls that students used to navigate mazes, race, and create paintings. The event was presented by USC professor Maja Mataric, professor of computer science, neuroscience and pediatrics, parent of 3 SPUSD students. This is Mataric’s 14th robotics event at MHS, which started with the encouragement of MHS teacher Ed Stonick, and is now an annual tradition. Mataric’s USC undergraduate student Eric Deng and PhD student Samantha Chen, as well as several other USC students ran the demonstrations and talked to MHS students and families about how to use robotics to nurture interest in STEM topics and careers.

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