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IBM Visits Washington Irving

Fifth-grade students gathered around tables at Washington Irving on May 30 and learned how they can take an active role in science and technology.

They worked with Wendy Chong, a Data Scientist from IBM research and used voice commands to change the color of IBM’s TJBot’s LED light by utilizing artificial intelligence and the cloud. The students used a small computer called Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse and other accessories.

“We are very much interested in enriching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and hopefully these children will get excited. Technology solves a lot of our everyday problems and the United States needs talent. We need these students.”

Chong hopes the students will want to aspire to the next level. “The next layer is, give them a taste of what programming looks like, so they can start doing simple things.”