FSU-PC Welcomes New STEM Robot

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FSU-PC's STEM institution is welcoming its newest faculty member, so to speak.

His name is Sam E. Nole, a robot the university bought with a $50,000 donation from the AT&T foundation.

Administrators hope Sam E. will help generate students' interest in the STEM field.

FSU Senior Brian Hague and FSU Junior Bipol Alam have been programming Sam E. Nole for several weeks, preparing him for Monday's debut.

STEM Director Ginger Littleton says, "When you see him do the dance, or do the chop, and you look at faces, everybody has this smile like when you have a puppy or when you have a baby that's laughing in the room and everybody just focuses on that. Sam E. just kind of commands that kind of attention."

AT&T Regional Director Ray Walker says, "Wow, was the first thought that came into my mind when I watched what they're doing."

But that's not enough for this dynamic duo, who graduated high school last year.

FSU Senior Brian Hague says, "We want to learn a little more about him, dig a little deeper into his code. We also plan to show him off to students and possibly get him to work with autistic children."

FSU Junior Bipol Alam says, "I think speech is going to be a hard thing to emulate. Natural conversation's going to be kind of crazy, but I would like to get him to play a sport and to be able to act like with another child."

As many as 50 FSU-PC STEM students will be able to work on Sam E.'s programming, giving them an educational opportunity few other college's can offer.

Sam E. Nole's schedule is already booked for the next few weeks.

He'll be touring local schools to raise awareness for STEM programs.


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