Some students spend their free time playing sport, going to movies, or even organising rallies; but there's not doubt about it, a student's life can be a fascinating and busy one.
CU & GV Young boy working on robot (5 shots)
CU Robot (3 shots)
GV & CU Boy working on robot
SCU Boy speaking to reporter
GV Boy operating robot (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPTS: REPORTER: "It's not quite the six million dollar man, but 14-year-old Geoff Ogilvie says he's working on it. A ninth-grader at Lakeshaw High School in Metro, Atlanta, Geoff has successfully completed sixteen robots. But Federico, better known to the students as Fed, is Geoff's masterpiece. Fed took about four months on the drawing board to what you see now. This five foot, two inch thing was made completely from scraps, and Geoff creatively used air-conditioning ducts, clothes dryer tubing and a car battery among other odds and ends. Geoff claims his robot-building is just for fun, but his tinkering paid off -- Fed and Geoff won first place in the physical science division in this year's Georgia State Science Fair."
(SEQ 4): REPORTER: "We hear you're going to retire?"
GEOFF: "Yes, I will stop making them, but I want to put some more stuff on this robot, like, so he can turn corners, and maybe a programming system in him so I can slide a card in and he'll do different things."
REPORTER: "What made you interested in electronics?"
GEOFF: "Just the fun of it, I just like to work with my hands and all this mechanical stuff."
REPORTER: "Why robots, then?"
GEOFF: "Because, you know, people are interested in robots, because that's really what the future has sort of got in store for us."
REPORTER (COMMENTARY): "And Geoff plans to get in on that future too -- he wants to major in cybernetics, the study of communication between man and machine. His favourite university is M.I.T., and surprisingly, neither of Geoff's parents have an electronics background. Geoff says science fiction movies and television have spurred his interest, and a lot of reading on the side."
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The film includes commentary by TVN reporter Jocelyn Dorsey and an interview with Geoff.
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Background: Some students spend their free time playing sport, going to movies, or even organising rallies; but there's not doubt about it, a student's life can be a fascinating and busy one.
But in Atlanta, Georgia, there's one young student, who hasn't time for all the usual extra-curricular activities -- he's far too busy -- building, of all things, robots.
Fourteen-year-old Geoff Ogilvie says he makes them because "that's what the future's got in store for us".