Orange Coast College students now have a robot to help them learn.
But this robot doesn't walk and talk. It's an electrically powered machine used in industry for packaging work.
The Unimate Puma 500 robot, valued at $35,000, is a recent gift from Aerojet Ordnance of Downey. The robot can pick up parts and move and assemble them.
"The robot will be a tremendous advantage to my students," said Tom Hersh, an instructor of electronics technology at the community college. Hersh teaches "Robotics" and "Survey of High Technology" courses at Orange Coast.
With the robot, Hersh said, students will get hands-on experience in devising the computer commands to instruct the machine. "Students will be able to learn and apply the computer language that is used to control and program robots," he said.