Your 300-Pound Robot
Baxter isn’t a typical teacher. He doesn’t speak much, and there’s a lack of eye contact. But for University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene computer science major AMANDA WARD, the lessons she learned from Baxter — a 300-pound robot — have made a big impact on her U of I journey.
“The most exciting moment I’ve experienced while at U of I has been working with Baxter,” Ward said.
As part of her Computer Science 404 Advanced Robotics class, Ward interacted with Baxter the robot to learn its unique operating system and to practice working directly with artificial intelligence. She and other aspiring robotic engineers programmed Baxter to make coffee and perform other daily tasks.
Ward’s experience with Baxter provided valuable practical skills and opened her mind to new possibilities for her future career.
“The computer science program at U of I is very hands-on and in-depth,” she said. “We are learning different robotic techniques that can translate to any industry.”