CENTEREACH - Most districts on Long Island resume classes today, and at one school some students will be using a robot to learn.

The robot will be used in first through fifth grade at Jericho Elementary School, and is meant to motivate and excite children about technology.

The robot, Buddy, which has the ability to speak, move, recognize facial expressions and respond to people, only does things students and teachers program it to do, according to school officials.

School officials say the goal is to have students learn programming at a young age. They say there will be a competition at the end of the school year to test what the students have learned from programming the robot.

Middle Country Central School District is in the middle of adapting the K-12 STEM Initiative, and a robot will be given to each school in the district.