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Kids Build Robots Using Junk Drawer Items

An innovative school program will teach kids how to make robots out of junk they find in drawers at home.

An innovative school program will teach kids how to make robots out of junk they find in drawers at home.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 1:52 GMT

MERCED, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Those stray rubber bands, popsicle sticks, and thumb tacks in your junk drawer have finally found a purpose.

Professor Richard Mahacek is teaching kids the innovative side of science with his 4-H program called Junk Drawer Robotics.

The workshop shows kids how to turn random items they find in their toy boxes and junk drawers at home into fully-functioning robots and machines.

Mahacek plans to take his class to schools later this year to help children use their minds in different ways.

He says that by building robots out of everyday things, kids learn to “imagine, invent, and create something new” out of something originally intended for a whole other purpose.

They also get to see, step by step, how things work from the inside out.

Mahacek thinks his program will create an army of future engineers, but hopefully the mini masterminds will use their skills for good, not for world domination.

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