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A robot store in Chicago hooks kids on science - and not just kids. Enthusiasts of all ages go there to learn how robots work, how to assemble them, how to build circuits and how to use programming languages to make them perform and even play soccer.  Hands-on learning with robotics might be a model area schools could integrate into their science curriculum.

Robot wranglers teach science to kids

by Tara S. Kerpelman
Aug 20, 2009


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Science and engineering are fun at RobotCity Workshop, where robot wranglers teach you how to build and program the machines.

RobotCity Workshop on Sheffield Avenue in Chicago offers a technological haven for learning science the fun way. The robot wranglers who work there explain the ins and outs of the robotics world. And enthusiasts of all ages can attend workshops where they learn to build robots and even how to program them.

Jacob Gold, 11, found the shop on his way home from school and he’s spending much of his summer learning science here. Meet him and other robot impresarios in the video and see how making the toys spurs learning in electronics, engineering and design. Although robotics and engineering are not found on most kid’s curriculum, Dr. Steven McGee of Northwestern University says participating in robotics is a great way to complement children’s education and spark their interest in science.