MSOE educates young students using robot bee

CREATED Jan. 16, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A special robot at the Milwaukee School of Engineering is helping kids learn.

Milwaukee-area first-graders met the university's Honey Bee robot on Wednesday.

The interactive robot has captured the attention of many grade school kids in our area.

It's a three foot-tall honey bee, inspired by a book.

"We thought (it's) a better way of portraying the bee," said Lynda Kohler at Sharp Literacy.

"If they can see something as opposed to just reading it or hearing about it, they'll have more than an ability to remember."

She turned to MSOE, and student Tim Deleo designed Honey Bee.

"It does English and Spanish," he told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Deleo says the robot answers 24 questions and does a waggle dance to show how honey bees  communicate about where other bees can find food.

"It kind of shakes its butt."

On February, Marquette University's Haggerty Museum will display Honey Bee, where first graders will meet the bee.