Robotics teams from regional schools, along with local robotics groups, will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.
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 University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.
LANL Scientist Samuel Clegg will present current research on the Mars Chem-Cam on the planet-exploring bot. Have a question about work on Mars? There will be an opportunity to ask it!
This year Robotics Night will also feature sumo bot fighting robots. This event is open to the public, so bring your own fighting robot to compete in the demonstration. The sumobot competition will have 1kg and 2kg categories and follow the rules of the Roborave sumobot challenge. Details can be found at http://www.roborave.org/files/2019_SumoBot_Rules.pdf?v=1549335338
The one major exception to these rules is that there are no age groups. Anyone can fight in the 1kg or 2 kg categories. Check-in for the robots will be from 5-5:30 p.m., and the competition will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is one event that really Kicks Bot!
In addition to having an opportunity to interact with some of the robots, students and parents interested in starting robotics teams at their schools will have a chance to learn more about what it takes to make that happen. It’s not too early to start even at the elementary school level.
Presenting student teams will be eligible for fun prizes and small cash awards to support their involvement in this activity.
A special “Thanks” goes out to Susannah Rousculp, and her fifth and seventh grade LEGO robotics 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.
Visit www.BradburyAssociation.org for store hours, to become a member, make a donation and find information about volunteering in the Gadgets Gift Shop.
Stop by the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. before the Friday Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park for fun with robotics teams of all kinds and their programmable friends.