Robots coming to Lenoir Community College classrooms

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – There’s no doubt that technology has come a long way, and now it’s reached the point where college students are teaching robots to walk, talk, and even dance.

Students at Lenoir Community College will soon begin using robots in the classroom.

One of five robots LCC students will soon be learning from is a humanoid robot named Charlie.

The other four robots are used more in industry. They have two arm bandits that pick up and move objects. They can even sort pills based on color. The other two are spider units that trace pre-programmed patterns.

Students will learn mostly how to program and troubleshoot the robots.

Computer Engineering Technology Chair David Jones says while it may look like it’s all fun and games, this will give his students a unique leg up in the work force.

“The robot industry is growing, very rapidly it’s growing, bigger and bigger all the time. So the value is going to be somebody that knows how to program the robots and service the robots and take care of the robots is going to be a valuable employee for somebody in the robot industry,” Jones said.

LCC instructors are still learning how to use the robots. They’ve been working with them for about a year.

If all goes as planned, LCC students will begin using robots in the classroom in the near future.

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