Rezaei who has built a robot to show to children how to execute daily prayers, has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers by using the science of robotics. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Veldan performs morning prayer in front of Alborz elementary school girls in the city of Varamin some 21 miles (35 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
By applying some mechanical modifications such as adding up two extra engines Akbar Rezaei managed to let the robot perform praying movements, such as prostration, more easily. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Out of personal interest and unrelated to his field of study, Akbar Rezaei attended private robotics classes and acquired the skill of assembling and developing customized humanoid robots. He built the robot at home with basic tools and gave it the designation “Veldan,” a term mentioned in Quran meaning: “Youth of Heaven.” (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran...