Samantha Shestack's vision of the future earned her and her Miami North Beach Elementary School classmates a chance to experience the future of robotics, including Honda's state-of-the-art humanoid robot ASIMO.
The fourth-grader wrote an engaging essay discussing the importance of robots in the future and illustrated the many ways they would help society.
"Robots will be very helpful in schools for various reasons," wrote Shestack. "They can teach, help and test students all on their own. The robots can give children and young adults an exciting and productive education to live up to their potential."
"Samantha's essay stood out because we envision a future where many of her examples could become reality," said Jeffrey Smith, vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Honda North America, Inc. "Samantha's vision and her expression of that vision was exemplary and we felt that her and her classmates at North Beach Elementary deserved to get a visit from ASIMO."
The Honda Robotics team visited the Miami elementary school on May 17, where students were treated to a full demonstration of ASIMO's capabilities, which include running, hopping, climbing stairs and dancing. ASIMO performed in front of more than 700 students in two shows.