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Notre Dame holds National Robotics Week Event


65 students and professors from Notre Dame and St Mary's College showed off their robots at Purcell Pavilion Saturday.

There was a robot that will tell you stories, one that catches footballs, one that helps stroke victims, even one that looks like a dinosaur. It didn't seem to matter what the robot was there was a crowd around it.

Jody Lewis brought her kids to see the robots.  Her daughter likes Kelly the robot.  She's a robot who will have a conversation with you.  Patrick Lewis asked Kelly, "if she likes basketball she said yes."

But Kelly is more than just someone to gab with.  She's designed to work with children who have autism.  John Vernon works with other students and professors to design and program Kelly.

He said she, "works with a therapist inside the therapies to help develop social skills and language skills and development." 

Vernon says kids with autism are very comfortable talking with Kelly.  And she's wasn't the only robot that's for more than play.   All of the robots at the Robotics week event are used in research.  That makes the event even better for moms like Jody Lewis.  "It goes beyond just the classroom it has real practical applications.  I think that are good for the students to learn and we can see how that technology helps the community," said Lewis.


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