On Saturday, April 4th, seventy-five middle- and high school students from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth made a visit to CSAIL for robotics workshops, project demonstrations, and an inside view of life here at the lab. Accompanied by their parents, the trip marked the first year of collaboration with CTY, spearheaded by CSAIL’s Daniela Rus. The program was designed as a hands-on introduction to the age of robotics. During their time at MIT, students were able to view a variety of ongoing and recently completed projects – robotic arms, the autonomous forklift and Grand Challenge Vehicle, perching planes and more. They were also able to participate in a visual servoing workshop that allowed them to manipulate their own robotic arm in pursuit of various tasks.
Developed by Rus, Marty Vona and Kevin Quigley, the group and their fellow volunteers were able to facilitate a lively and eye-opening exercise for the students that should spark an interest in technology for years to come. For more information on the CTY, please click here. For more photos please click here.
Photo: Jason Dorfman