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National Instruments and the Lego Foundation introduce robotics to schools in Indonesia


December 17, 2013
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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National Instruments teamed up with the Lego Foundation in November to help facilitate a three-day robotics workshop for children from underserved schools in Jakarta, Indonesia. They did this while in town for the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) championship.

At the workshop, 30 children — who under normal circumstances would not get the opportunity to work with Lego Mindstorms — got to spend a few days solving open-ended challenges while building, programming and having fun. On day one, the students got an introduction to robotics. Within a few hours, the students were programming their own robots, National Instruments said in their recent newsletter. On the second day, students were invited to attend the WRO championship to talk to participating peers and see the potential of these robotics systems. On the final day, students attending the workshop participated in their own mini robotics competition.

After the event, teachers and students took the robotics sets back to their schools to integrate robotics into their curriculum.

This workshop is part of a multi-faceted partnership between National Instruments and the Lego Foundation. Through this partnership, National Instruments supports the foundation’s work to introduce robotics to students in developing countries through their engineering expertise and mentorship programs.

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