School-Police Robot in Need of a $35,000 Upgrade

Here's how you can help Starbot.

Starbot, the police robot that visits every kindergarten and first-grade student in the greater Rochester area, is at the point of no repair.

The robot, which Rochester's police liaison program uses to teach children how to be safe, is in need of replacement — at a price tag of $35,000. The schools are asking for the donations from the community and from local businesses to replace Starbot.

School officials say Starbot and his predecessor in the school safety program, Sarge, have helped educate more than 35,000 students since the program started 15 years ago. When the robot visits the classrooms, he "talks" to the students, answering their questions about safety issues. 

Donations can be sent to the RCS Foundation, 501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307; you can also donate by phone at 248-726-3190.

margaretsusen March 24, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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Harry March 24, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Seriously? $35,000 for a useless robot to have 2 policeman entertain children? Time for this lame program to end.
Marianne Maurer March 24, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I agree with Chris and like the idea of the city kicking in money for the robot. If we have money $30,000 to fund parking and bring in water for a few residents and non residents to garden then there must be some to help out with the robot. It would help an excellent program continue. It would also be used by many of our families year round and have a lasting effect. Sarge also supports the city in teaching students about safety. What a win win both for the city and students.Harry, you should contact the BOE and see if they could let you see the Robot Program in action. I think you would be pleased with what it accomplishes with the young students.
Patricia March 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Since this is educational and in the community schools, where is the PTA with some funding? Shouldn't the PTA's be an advocate?
Debra Hartman March 28, 2013 at 03:13 PM
There will be a brief presentation about how the robots are used in the classroom at the April 16, 2013 Board of Education meeting, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Harrison Room at the Administration Center. Thank you to all the individuals and PTAs who have donated to the Save Starbot fund at the RCS Foundation. We have collected over $3,000 and are still accepting donations!


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