Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. today, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.
This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos. There also will be an opportunity to visit with school teams from elementary to high school age. LANL scientists will present some of their work on the Mars rover, as well.
Matt Williams, who volunteers with some youth groups involved in robotics in the Espanola Valley, is bringing back the popular Sumo Bot Competitions. Local enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their sumo bots for the Mini-Sumo Robot Competitions (junior class and adult class) or for the Robo Rave Style Sumo Competitions (in 1 kg., 2 kg. and 3 kg. categories).
Contact Williams for information on this fun part of Robotics Night: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to having an occasion to interact with some of the robots, those interested in starting a robotics team will have a chance to learn more about what it takes to make that happen. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) robotics programs start as early as 1st grade, with FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.), and a team of Brownie Girl Scouts will be available in the workshop area to show visitors their FLL Jr. presentation. The chairs for New Mexico FLL will be available to answer questions and have an interest sign-up sheet for all of the FIRST robotics programs.
A special “Thanks” goes out to Susannah Rousculp and her 5th and 7th graders’ FLL team, the Quadrumaniacs, for helping pull this event together!
The BSMA is the nonprofit partner to the Museum with the mission of providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education opportunities to the communities of Northern New Mexico. The BSMA is not part of the Museum or the Lab and does not receive funding from the Museum or the Lab. The BSMA relies on grants, memberships, donations and proceeds from merchandise sales through the Gadgets Gift Shop located inside the Museum. The gift shop is a mostly volunteer operation, so store hours vary depending on the availability of volunteers.
Visit www.BradburyAssociation.org for store hours, to become a member, make a donation and find information about volunteering in the Gadgets Gift Shop.