SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY — Teq and the South Huntington School District will celebrate the district’s first NAO academic robot on Wednesday at an unboxing ceremony at 10:30 a.m at Stimson Middle School.
The South Huntington Education Foundation hosted events throughout the year to raise money to purchase NAO, cutting edge technology aimed at increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
NAO, nearly two feet tall, is fully programmable and has a sensor network that includes cameras, microphones and pressure sensors, as well as a voice synthesizer and two high-fidelity speakers.
A pilot program featuring the robot was held this summer at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center, giving a small group of students hands on time programming NAO. The success of the one-week camp led to further interest in NAO from the district and the South Huntington Education Foundation.
“The robot, as cute as he is and as adorable as he is, is really a tool for engaging students in the real hard work of STEM learning,” said Dr. Jared Bloom Supervisor of Assessment and Technology for South Huntington Schools.