One of the best ways we’ve recommended to get kids interested in pursuing STEM education is by reporting on all the cool things that robots can do. We’ve reported on the new Amazon delivery drones and the exoskeleton that can help a paralyzed teen make a goal at the World Cup.
But later this month, Nebraska students will get the opportunity to experience first-hand why robotics is such a fun subject to learn. On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, the Nebraska Robotics Expo is happening at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland!
This annual event serves as a great opportunity for kids interested in the world of robots and cool new technologies in general. This year, the expo features three main events:
- The CEENBoT Showcase: An exhibition of many great robots built by robotics teams of all ages. This will be a cool demonstration of unique problem solving skills robots can perform, including obstacle courses and computer simulations.
- The Creative Visual Arts Expo: A special must-see for the artists among you who are interested in computer generated pictures and artwork. It’ll be a great way of learning how to turn the digital world into the playground of your imagination.
- The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Competition: Who doesn’t like playing with LEGO? Teams of up to ten students will battle it out in designing and building LEGO-based robots to perform different tasks. It’s a great introduction into the real-world challenges the robots of today are trying to accomplish, like improving disaster relief efforts or quality of life standards.
Even if you aren’t a part of the official festivities, there’s no need to worry. The events are designed to be spectator friendly and are going to be really fun for everyone. It’s also a great place to bring your robotics team and meet other students who share your interests in technology.
So whether you want to learn more about robotics and STEM education in general or are just looking forward to seeing some new age gadgets, the Nebraska Robotics Expo is the place to be at the end of February.
The event takes place at the Nebraska Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland and runs from 8:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, February 22nd. You can find more info about the event at UNO’s Nebraska Robotics Expo website here.
We hope you’re as excited as we are for the Expo, and we can’t wait for the end of February to come around. Until then, keep working on those robots of your own so that one day they might be featured in an expo like this one!
Photo credit: Steve Eggerling via University of Nebraska