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Students program robot to safely hand out Halloween candy

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 21:35:31-04

A group of Lafayette students figured out a way to celebrate Halloween while continuing to be safe during the pandemic.

The Ramageddon Robotics Team modified and reprogrammed their competition robot, known as "Hal," to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. The robot allows the kids to safely distribute treats and participate in the holiday.

The students demonstrated their programming savvy in a demonstration at River Ranch Town Square Saturday morning.

Ramageddon is coached by W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center Teacher Philip Ryland.

"It's really awesome watching these kids come and get the candy," explained Ryland. "You see kids that can barely walk come up there and at first they're nervous around the robot, but then they realize that it's like Johnny-Five, it's a friendly robot. My students are getting a bigger thrill than I am."

Team members include students from Acadiana High, David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy, Ovey Comeaux High, and Lafayette High.

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