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Conn. group sponsors student robot project

October 23, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Students from three Connecticut cities will try to improve their science and technology skills by learning to build robots.

About 75 high school sophomores from East Hartford, New Britain and Waterbury will build, program and test robots at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford on Oct. 31.

The students are part of a program of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. The project encourages underrepresented youth to excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

Students will develop robot sensor systems that prevent the types of driver error that cause car crashes.

They also will try to use mechanical leverage and other forces for people to lift heavy objects without relying on muscle power or conventional energy.