CUERO — Madden Johnson watched with clenched fists as a robotic bumblebee motored its way across the table.

The bumblebee, which Madden had programmed to travel around a sidewalk depicted on a plastic mat, slowly edged its way forward, one square at a time. The 8-year-old persisted through a half-dozen unsuccessful attempts, reentering a series of instructions each time using the bumblebee’s buttons. As the robot slowly made its way around the final turn, Madden lifted his hands in victory.

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Mark Rosenberg reports on local, regional and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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