Robot visits Central Elementary School
C-Spire is teaming up with Central Elementary and the Gulfport School District to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Today, over sixty gifted students from the Gulfport School District met a high-tech robot currently used all around the world.
Students at Central Elementary School in Gulfport had a very special visitor Tuesday: a four-foot tall robot named Pepper. Pepper was brought in by tech firm C-Spire to help inspire kids about a future in technology. A member of the school district’s robotics team who recently won a state-wide competition, fifth grader Alivia Gardner, was especially excited to meet Pepper. “We’ve did research on her for our robotics because our project is how a robot engineer can help the elderly.”
Students had a chance to interact with the robot, ask questions, and find out what the robot was capable of. Second grader Callum Burch said, “She could talk and she could dance and she could do things like humans.”
By giving kids a hands-on experience with Pepper, officials hope to encourage the elementary schools students to pursue in internet technology where there are currently over 1,200 unfilled high-paying jobs in Mississippi. Anita Clark said, “What we would love to do is have these young people learn about technology, get excited, go to college, get those degrees, and come back here and live and take those technology jobs that are here.”
For some local students, that early interest has already happened. “I’ve had to learn how to program, how to properly build a robot, and how to set up the field.”