Robots on the Move at the Museum of Science and Industry

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National Robotics Week has swept the nation as the Museum of Science and Industry held a Robot Block Party. The party celebrated the 8th annual Robotics week event on April 8th, 2017.

Organized by an advisory council, National Robotics Week recognizes advancements in robotics technology as a bastion in 21st century innovation. Furthermore, it highlights growing importance in a wide variety of application areas, and emphasizes the ability to inspire technology oriented education. Cutting edge robotics fuels a broad array of next-generation products and applications in fields such as but not limited to manufacturing, health-care, national defense and security, agriculture and transportation.

The Robotics Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry began on Saturday April 8th, 2017. The event will continue on April 9th, 14th, and 15th and will include activities like drone racing, robotics made by hobbits, team-oriented actions, Lego enthusiasts, college students, and entrepreneurs. The Block Party has so many different activities going on that there is something for everyone to enjoy, from young children to older individuals.

National Robotics week has been held annually for the past seven years and now celebrates its eighth year.
According to the iRobot Corporation, the purpose of the event is to “Celebrate the United States as a leader in robotics technology development, educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future, advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development, inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields”.

Columbia College specifically took the time to show event participants how they program their robots by using the program on a computer and then letting others attempt to do the same.

Throughout the event there were different stops to see various teams who build robots. The youngest team in attendance called themselves the Fluffle Puffs. Together they created a robot that could solve the Rubik’s Cube and calculate how many turns it took to solve it.

An intriguing hobbyist displayed had a few different robots that he made for pleasure at the event. It resembled what most would consider a traditional robot with metal eyes, mouth, body, and the ability to move around. Yet another device he had was a little robot that followed a line on a cardboard sheet. The purpose of this robot was to show how it could follow the line and know the path without running into any dead ends.

The Lego enthusiasts team made a car out of Legos and were able to make it move around a table that had been set up with other creations.

An entrepreneur in attendance displayed an invention for anyone who has a cat or dog that eats wet food. The job of the new robotic invention was to feed pets without the help of humans. The owner of the android also can schedule a feeding session using their smart phone and the machine will do the feeding and the
cleaning automatically ITT was also at the event on Saturday and presented three different mechanical robots they made. The school unveiled a drone, a sticky climber, and the sticky grip. The technical school also hosted drone racing at the event too.

Attendants of the event could also make their own antenna for a headband provided by the museum and spin a wheel which creates a robot name for themselves.

During the event many different topics were discussed. The idea of the event was to show others what it means to make robotics, share their ideas to the world, and for others to enjoy the fascinating innovations.

For more information visit NationalRoboticsWeek.org.