Nathan Mayes is an electrical engineer who works at GE in Minden, NV. Building robots is his passion. Recently, Karel the Robot in NCLab captured his attention by its simplicity and elegance. Nathan says that building Karel should not be complicated at all and we can expect a first prototype before the end of summer. The robot will be able to go forward, turn 90 degrees left and right, detect walls and obstacles via an infrared sensor, and pick pieces of flat metal using an electromagnet. Programs will be supplied on a USB stick. Ultimately, students will be able to “train” the robot on the computer screen, and when their program is sufficiently well tested, they will be able to deploy it to a real robot. This will be amazing. We are looking forward!