the robots are coming

Teens Do Something Decent, Create Robotic Locker Opener for Disabled Classmate

The kids are all right?
(Photo: Flickr, JMR_Photography)

(Photo: Flickr, JMR_Photography)

We were all ready to write off the youth of the species thanks to #followateen, and now DVice brings us a story about techie high schoolers that doesn’t evolve hazing, cyber bullies or trashy prom dresses. Will wonders never cease?

According to DVice, muscular dystrophy has left Nick Torrance, a student at Pinckney Community High School, wheelchair-bound. Luckily, two of his classmates won the 2012 SkillsUSA national robotics competition, and their coach told them to help him get his locker open easier.

And so: 

“Pinckney is known for its robotics program and fellow high schoolers, Micah Stuhldreher and Wyatt Smrcka, used the available resources to make an automatic locker opener for Torrance. Now, instead of relying on someone else for help, Torrance just waves his hand over a sensor on his wheelchair and voila, the locker opens.”

Next you’ll tell me all that Snapchatting is totally innocent!

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