Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Meet NAO (pronounced NOW). He is a two-foot tall robot that sees, hears, and talks. He was introduced today at J. Harley Bonds Career Center, where he will be used in classrooms that teach computer programming and networking as well as web design and animation. NAO is programmed with curriculum for four courses in Basic Programming, Advanced Programming, Teaching with Robots, and Storytelling with Robots. Teachers believe NAO will be a big hit in the classroom and give them an opportunity to expand their STEM and writing skills, and District officials are eager to measure the impact NAO will make on students’ attitudes toward engineering. According to programmer Robert Stokes on Stokes Educational Services, NAO is the most advanced programmable robot in the world.