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To Caleb, Alex, Hannah, Hunter, and Ms. Cacal:

Your design is well explained, and the drawing really helped me understand
what you were thinking of. I liked that all of the different parts were
labeled so that I could tell what they were.

Aerotech does many of the things that our robot is supposed to do. Making
the robot do "simple yet meaningful tasks" is a great decision. One of the
problems we scientists have is that robots can't yet do very complicated
tasks, but you have found a good solution. The astronauts spend most of
their time doing "house keeping" and many other very simple tasks. If
Aerotech could do some of those tasks instead, the astronauts would be
very thankful.
The robotic device for deciphering words is a very interesting idea. Do
you think that people could make robots that would not have to be
programmed with new intelligence? Do you think that people could make
robots that learn? Do you think that there would be problems if robots
could learn?

Each module in the space station is only 8 feet by 8 feet by 20 feet. Do
you think that a two-foot-tall robot would take up too much room? How
heavy is forty pounds? What would happen if the robot got out of control
and hit buttons or an astronaut? How could you prevent that?
Feel free to ask us more questions. The best way to solve a problem is to
really understand it. Keep up the good work.

-- Salvatore Domenick Desiano
Research Scientist


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