The Strategic Air & Space Museum Hosts the Nebraska Robotics Expo
The Largest Robotics Competition in the State and Region
Ashland, Neb. – On Saturday, February 21, 2015, The Strategic Air & Space Museum will host the Sixth Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo. Over 800 K-12 Nebraska students, team leaders and math and science teachers will gather for this premier robotics event that brings together two robotics competitions under one roof, the CEENBoT Robotics Showcase and the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), for a day of robotics fun in a historical venue. Governor Pete Ricketts will headline the Opening Ceremonies this year.
“This is a celebration of in-school and after-school student work with robotics,” says Deb Hermann, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the Strategic Air & Space 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 general public about STEM opportunities in Nebraska. This is truly one of our biggest days at the Museum as we are anticipating over 2,000 visitors for this event.”
The CEENBoT Showcase will host an impressive group of teams with over 80 teams from 30 Nebraska Elementary, Middle and High Schools. It is the seventh season for the Showcase that uses the Nebraska-created CEENBoT robot platform. This year’s five competitive Showcase events are centered on the theme of “Robots in Space”.
“The public is invited to play as well,” explains Alisa Gilmore, Nebraska Robotics Expo & CEENBoT Robotics Showcase Coordinator. “One of the highlights of the showcase is the CEENBoT 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.”
FIRST LEGO League will host 48 teams. In the 2014 WORLD CLASS ℠Challenge, students 9 to 14 years of age get to strategize, design, build, program and test a robot using the LEGO MINDSTORMS technology. They create innovative solutions for challenges facing today’s scientists.
“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 corporate sponsorships, including Union Pacific and OPPD, and by seed monies from the National Science Foundation as well as many other organizations.”
Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8:30am in the lower Atrium of the Strategic Air & Space Museum.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Strategic Air & Space Museum
402-944-3100 ext. 220