Robot joins Snyder for Mackinac Bridge Walk

"The Pi Guy.", a robot made by the FIRST program, walks with Gov. Rick Snyder on Mackinac Bridge (September 1, 2014).
"The Pi Guy.", a robot made by the FIRST program, walks with Gov. Rick Snyder on Mackinac Bridge (September 1, 2014).

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people took part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge — and they were joined by one robot.

Gov. Rick Snyder led the annual trek Monday across the 5-mile-long bridge linking Michigan’s two peninsulas. His office said he walked alongside a robot constructed for the occasion by the FIRST robotics team from Macomb International Academy in the town of Armada.

FIRST is a program that encourages young people to learn about science and technology.

Several of the program’s students, teachers and mentors joined Snyder and the robot, which can travel up to 10 mph and is known as “The Pi Guy.”

The bridge walk began at 7 a.m., although walkers are allowed to start as late as 11 a.m.

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