Feature Film

Robots Take Over the Classroom

R2D2? Wall-E? The Terminator? None of the above. The favorite machine for hundreds of students across the state of Nebraska is CEENBoT™, a robot developed by the Computer and Electronics Engineering department at The Peter Kiewit Institute and the College of Education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. This customizable robot is helping students to learn about one of the fastest growing industries while offering them a fun gateway to the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

At the Nebraska Robotics Expo – an annual competition hosted by the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Department of Computers and Electronics Engineering – more than 80 teams from around the state come together to compete in events that required them to build, program, customize and operate their own robots.

Participating in robotics competitions is fun, but it also teaches responsibility, teamwork and problem solving. The robots act as a tool to help students understand the practical application of their studies, allowing them to imagine themselves continuing their STEM education or pursuing related careers.

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Meet with a school counseling office to see what types of STEM career opportunities you or your company can pair with its students.

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