Otto the Auto Entertains and Educates

Otto the Auto Entertains and Educates
Posted on 03/20/2018

Dozens of LCPS elementary students received important life lessons on Tuesday, March 20th. 

 

And the giver of those lessons? None other than a robot named Otto the Auto!

 

Otto is a three-foot-tall, remote-controlled robot that interacts with students to teach them about traffic and bicycle safety! Through Otto’s teaching, children learn the importance of buckling up, wearing bicycle helmets, and looking both ways before crossing the street.

 

And the little guy isn’t short on tricks, either. Otto can talk, blink, ask questions, turn on his headlights, and spin in circles!

 

AAA’s Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education partners with schools and law enforcement officers to bring Otto to students across the east coast! During the presentations, school resource officers help solidify the unique lessons provided by Otto.

 

“It’s pretty cool because the kids get to see safety in a different way versus just listening to me or another officer or teacher standing there just telling them what to do and how to do it,” LCPS School Resource Officer and Louisa County Deputy Kyle Meador said. “They see the interactive way the robot is moving around, and they get really excited about it.”

 

Deputy Meador said the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is looking into bringing Otto to LCPS more often in the future.

 

“We’re implementing this now, and we’re looking into doing these types of sessions every year,” Deputy Meador said.

 

Otto’s voice is provided by an out-of-sight operator using a headset. The lively, upbeat presentations leave children with great memories about safety. You can learn more about Otto at AAA.com.

Click here to see Otto in action!

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