Artificial intelligence, space flight among topics in Boulter Middle School’s pre-engineering course

Eighth-graders in Boulter Middle School teacher Edith Wilson’s automation and robotics class listened raptly as she declared robots are not going to take over the world and that they are just computers.Yes, they have artificial intelligence, but artificial means they have to be programmed. They don’t think on their own; they are just a machine that responds to different commands, Ms. Wilson said. Robots are manmade, she told students in a recent class session focusing on the types of robots: mobile, industrial, autonomous, remote control and virtual robots. Boulter’s robotics course this fall and an introduction to computer science course in the spring are part of a national program called Project Lead the Way in more than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District…


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