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Natick Kids Get Military-Grade Robotics Training

A camp for local children at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center taught kids how to build their own robots.

Army personnel gave local children a first-hand education on the basics of land and sea robotics during a camp at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center last week.

The program was attended by 20 Middle School students and 14 High School volunteers, according to a press release from the U.S. Army

"They're having a blast," Rebecca Engle, a coordination assistant at NSRDEC said in the release. "A lot of the students have said it's a lot harder than they thought. They have all faced obstacles, but it's great because they're learning a lot of problem-solving skills."

After building robots and testing their equipment during the two-week program, students were able to bring their creations home to use in local swimming pools. 

"These kids are already doing programming and building these robots to accomplish challenges, you know, and we're doing the same thing. It's kind of amazing to see the younger generation, even compared to us, going through and doing all these challenges at younger ages," Christopher Moynihan a member of the Natick High School robotics team, and volunteer at the camp, said in the release. 

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