Former MIT professor builds record-breaking robot

Students who have an enthusiasm for science and technology may be interested to hear about a record-breaking project headed by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Marc Raibert, a former professor at the prestigious technical school, built a cheetah-like robot that beat the current world robotics locomotion record of 18 miles per hour, according to The Washington Post.

Raibert is head of Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that will lease its Cheetah robot to the U.S. military. According to the news source, authentic movement such as walking and running is very difficult to achieve with robots as they don't have a sense of balance. Raibert's achievement could be an inspiration to the thousands of students filling out out college applications for science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – degree programs.

According to eSchoolNews, President Barack Obama said improving the quality of STEM education in the U.S. is crucial for America's continued success and competitiveness on the world stage. The president and his administration have launched a series of initiatives aimed at encouraging students to fill out college applications for STEM majors, including a science fair held at the White House.

Are you thinking of studying a STEM major? What do you think of this Cheetah robot? 


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