This is Michael Robertson and I am a rising senior at Winston-Salem State University. I am here at Duke University doing my Summer REU with Dr. Jeffery Forbes. I am truly thankful for this opportunity because I am learning great new things here. Here at our lab we are developing a low cost robot to perform simultaneous localization and mapping. As of right now I am working on the hardware of the robot. I am using a Mac Mini which i have to convert to battery power, an Apple iSight Camera, a Hokuyo Laser, and a iRobot Create to create this robot. In doing this I have learned to use Linux and the Mac OS and also I learned Python. Learning these new things are why I am so excited to be here because we don’t go into depth on these devices at my small school. This summer research is preparing me for graduate school and also it gives me something to take back to my school and teach my peers which i am looking forward too.