PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A robotic invasion in Market Square today was part of a program to get kids excited about technology.

A Frisbee-throwing robot was the center of attention. Members of the Sarah Heinz House’s Robotics Club, Team Sharp, brought the technology to town with the idea to get kids involved in science, technology, engineering and math.

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“We are getting a chance to share what we love, which is engineering and problem solving with the community,” said Robotics Director Christine Nguyen.

The kids were able to create their own robots using stickers and markers, and were also able to get an up-close look at the robot designed by Sharp members.

“We often have a lot of little kids come over and think that it’s just super awesome that this robot shoots Frisbees, can drive around and sounds awesome,” said team member Aidan Honnold. “A lot of kids find it really fun.”

The Sharp team participates in local and national robotics competitions, but outreach is just as important. Members say they want to encourage a new generation of engineers.

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“I think the most important message is that it’s for everyone, and it’s not just for the people that may seem like nerds or people that are really into computers,” said Honnold. “It’s fun for everyone.”

“Engineering is fun,” said Nguyen. “It’s not just about turning wrenches, and it’s not just about computers. It’s not sitting behind a desk. It’s getting to think and problem solve each day.”

The event is not a one-time thing. The Sharp team will travel to different locations all over the area throughout the summer.

They will head to Highland Park on July 17, Boyce Park on July 23 and Riverview Park on Aug. 7.

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