The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Hosts the Nebraska Robotics Expo
The Largest Robotics Competition in the State and Region
ASHLAND, NE (January 31, 2018) The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum will host the Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Over 800 K-12 grade Nebraska students, math and science teachers, and team leaders will gather for an event that brings two robotics competitions and an art exposition together for a day of STEM inspiration.
“This is a celebration of in-school and after-school student work with robotics,” says Deb Hermann, director of marketing at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. The Nebraska Robotics Expo encourages student involvement with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as educates and engages our next generation of innovators, their families, and the public about STEM opportunities in Nebraska.
The CEENBoT™ Showcase hosts an impressive group of 110 teams from 21 Nebraska elementary, middle and high schools. It is the tenth season for the showcase using Nebraska-created CEENBoT™ robots at each event. This year’s six competitive showcase events involve challenges that require teamwork, strategy, autonomous programming, and engineering innovation. The showcase theme is “CEENBoT™ Winter Games.”
FIRST LEGO League will host 48 teams for the FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICSSM Challenge. Children ages 9 to 14 will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. Teams have worked for 9 months to understand water supply problems and during this final challenge, teams demonstrate their solution to solving real world supply problems. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the “Robot Game.”
“The public is invited to play as well,” explains Alisa Gilmore, Nebraska Robotics Expo & CEENBoT Robotics Showcase director. “One of the highlights of our event is the CEENBoT Winter Games. The young as well as the young at heart are encouraged to participate in activities such as CEENBoT Tae Kwon Do, Minute to Win It, driving maze, Bumpbot Mode, precision driving, and more.”
The Creative Visual Arts Exposition features robotic-inspired art selected from over 120 entries created by local K-12 grade students. The exhibition will be on display at the museum February 4 through March 4, 2018 and showcases student creativity and exploration of robotics at the intersection of art and science.
“The Nebraska Robotics Expo is the result of a collaboration of leaders within the University of Nebraska system,” says Gilmore. “It includes leadership by faculty and staff of the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education, faculty and staff within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and faculty and staff of the UNL 4-H Extension. The expo is made possible by generous local sponsorships, including NASA Nebraska Space Grant and OPPD, and by seed monies from local nonprofit organizations, including Prairie STEM.”
Opening ceremonies will take place at 8:30am in the lower Atrium of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. The public is invited to attend. The expo is part of general admissions.