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Police conduct robotic demonstration for kids

Tupelo (Drew Powell, WTVA)
Tupelo (Drew Powell, WTVA)
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Updated: 7/27/2013 11:04 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of young, savvy minds had the opportunity of a lifetime, to see how a police robot works live in person.

The Tupelo Police Department sent out its bomb squad to the Lee County Extension Office in Tupelo.

Members of the bomb squad showed off what is called an Andros robot.

The device is used when a suspicious package is found or when unknown chemicals are detected and need to be analyzed.

Kids with the Lee County 4-H club got an up-close-and-personal look at how a robot is used to keep the officers safe when responding to a potentially hazardous call.

"This is something they can do in the future," bomb technician Robert Vail said. "This is something they can aspire to that there is this kind of technology out there who knows some of these kids maybe building these robots one day."

The department has owned the robot for a year.

The exact robot was used in the movie Transformers 3.

The officers who operate the controls of the Andros robot spend countless hours each week training.

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