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Students show off their robot-making talents
Cereal boxes, buttons and bolts help young builders

First-grade teacher Sandra McFarland explains the operation of “Teacher Bot 3000,” which she and student Noah Valenzuela (pushing buttons) constructed for Inventor’s Fair at Manzanita Elementary School on March 9. At right, Daisy Leon listens before she demonstrates her robot, “Cindy,” to classes taught by McFarland and Jamie Humphreys. TERRY ORGAN/Miner

First-grade teacher Sandra McFarland explains the operation of “Teacher Bot 3000,” which she and student Noah Valenzuela (pushing buttons) constructed for Inventor’s Fair at Manzanita Elementary School on March 9. At right, Daisy Leon listens before she demonstrates her robot, “Cindy,” to classes taught by McFarland and Jamie Humphreys. TERRY ORGAN/Miner

KINGMAN - Teacher Sandra McFarland explained what functions were performed for each button Noah Valenzuela pushed March 9 on the "Teacher Bot 3000" robot they built together and showed to her class and that of first-grade teacher Jamie Humphreys at Manzanita Elementary School's Inventor's Fair.

"We've just read the book 'My Robot,' and thought it would be fun to build robots," Humphreys said.

"Children were expected to build a robot at home over three to four days. They also had to write a five-sentence report naming the robot, what it could do and who helped them build it."

A total of 51 children in the two classes engaged in the project.

Robots varied in size and were constructed from household items that included cereal boxes, aluminum foil, nuts, bolts, tin cans, paper, bows, ribbons and buttons.

"Pretty awesome, wouldn't you say?" Assistant Principal Scott Taylor said of the efforts put forth.

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