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MATC holds robotics fair

MADISON (WKOW) -- A dozen robots took over the MATC cafeteria on Friday.

They moved.  They rolled.  They picked things up.

The robots were part of a robot fair in the school's cafeteria for potential students, potential employers, and plain old "robot people," as one professor put it.

About a dozen robot-makers setup shop, including businesses, the Dane County Sheriff's office, and MATC professors.

Businesses showcased the robots they use to manufacture products.

The Sheriff's office showed its massive robot used to dismantle bombs.  It's one of only six in Wisconsin.

Tom Kaminski displayed the robot his students built at MATC.

"I had students working in industry who wanted to know more," he said.  "The great thing about technical schools is the lifelong learning."

Kaminski says students in his robotics and industrial maintenance courses typically enjoy 100% job placement.

However, a quick check of vendors in the cafeteria on Friday found most companies there currently were not hiring.

"We'll have to see how our students do this May," said Kaminski, who isn't sure how the economy will depress hiring for robotics professionals.





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