Seoul trials pint-sized robots in nursery schools

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Seoul has started trialling pint-sized robots as teaching aids in kindergartens — a pilot project the city government said would help prepare the next generation for a hi-tech future. The “Alpha Mini” is just 24.5 centimetres tall and can dance, lead sing-a-longs, recite stories and even teach kung-fu moves as children mimic its push-ups and one-legged balances. “The robots help with the kids’ creativity,” teacher Byun Seo-yeon told AFP during a visit to the bright and busy Maru nursery in Seoul. The robot’s eyes wink and blink — and its pupils become heart-shaped during conversation. With a…

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