posted May 13, 2013, 7:34 AM by Tim Hammill   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

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Step into the future classroom: NAO!

NAO (pronounced "now") is the most widely-used humanoid robot for academic purposes and is currently being used by more than 550 prestigious universities and research labs across the world. NAO is a 58 cm. tall interactive, programmable robot and a trusted platform for teaching students of different levels and in many school settings. NAO has been successful with every age range from autistic preschoolers to postsecondary students. By its very nature, it is a perfect approach to computer sciences, engineering and technical career-preparation and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. It is designed to foster creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Robotics is one of the latest technological innovations, and a humanoid robot is an ideal learning tool for classes at all levels.

Robots allow students to connect theory with practice and discover a wide range of robotics-related fields, such as computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

Students gain hands-on experience using NAO, and, when used in the lab, they discover exciting topics such as locomotion, grasping, audio and video signal processing, voice recognition, and much more.

NAO also allows teachers to integrate team work, project management, problem solving, and communication skills in a stimulating setting. NAO offers the flexibility for developing interdisciplinary projects.

NAO and Autism

UConn researcher Tim Gifford is studying how robots can help children with autism learn and communicate. The research is currently being conducted with students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Whiting Lane Elementary School in West Hartford, CT. To learn more about the robot project, visit:

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