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Ogden police give Ben Lomond High students robotics demonstration

By Tim Vandenack - | May 5, 2022

Photo supplied, Weber School District

Ogden police Sgt. Jason Vandenberg, foreground, demonstrates use of a Throwbot to a group of robotics students at Ben Lomond High School on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. The robotic device helps with reconnaissance efforts.

OGDEN — A group of Ben Lomond High School students received a first-hand glimpse of some of the technology the Ogden Police Department uses, all in the name of learning robotics.

“This gives them an opportunity to see how these robots are used in the field, specifically law enforcement, search and rescue,” said Matt Williams, a technology and engineering teacher at the school.

Two officers, Sgt. Jason Vandenberg and Officer T.J. Scott, visited the high school on Wednesday, demonstrating use of a Throwbot, meant for reconnaissance efforts, to students in Williams’ Robotics 1 class.

“We want the students to have the opportunity to see the technology,” Vandenberg said.

Williams said he can only teach his students so much in a formal classroom setting. Having the police demonstrate the technology is a more hands-on experience.

The Throwbot, according to the manufacturer’s website, “is a throwable micro-robot platform that enables operators to obtain instantaneous video and audio reconnaissance within indoor or outdoor environments.”

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