Telepresence Robotics will help bring Coding Session to Sidney

November 28, 2018 - 11:52am

Nebraska Extension and Nebraska 4-H will be using virtual reality and telepresence robotics to bring an hourlong coding session to the Sidney Public Library in Sidney, Nebraska.


Two corresponding robots will livestream a feed of the coding activity in each location, allowing participants to interact with each other through the robots. Those robots will be controlled by computers at each location.

The library’s own innovation studio and maker space is an extension of the one at Nebraska’s Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

Director of the Sidney Public Library, Andrew Sherman, said he hopes this experiment will lead to an expansion of information being shared across the state.

“And then hopefully, the results from this study will then allow us to seek out further grants to have the technologies that work successfully placed in rural communities across Nebraska, so that expertise at the innovation studio in Lincoln and at the extension office in Lincoln, could then extend out and be offered to rural communities all across Nebraska,” Sherman said.

The “Hour of Code” event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, December 8 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln and the public library in Sidney. The event is free and open to the public. Registration for the Hour of Code event can be done online

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