Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Science Center Unveils New Robotics Exhibit

The Carnegie Science Center announced detailed plans for Roboworld, the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibition, today at an online press conference. The display, which totaled $3.4 million in costs and takes up the majority of the Center’s second floor, replaces space previously used by traveling exhibits. Opening June 13, Roboworld will feature many different exhibition stations, including:

- the first physical space for the Robot Hall of Fame
- a greeter robot named Andy who can answer general questions about robotics or the exhibit
- a station relating robotic design to that of animals
- a “Hazardbots” station that teaches visitors about dangerous and dirty jobs done by robots
- stations allowing patrons to play robots at air hockey, foosball or basketball

Project Manager Kim Amey says one goal of Roboworld is to reveal what’s going on “behind the scenes” in the field of robotics – keeping in mind the Science Center’s educational nature. “You can see a lot of the working parts of some of our robots. We’re isolating algorithms, showing what computer readouts and outputs are, and showing what sensors feed so we can break these things down into their simpler parts to teach folks about this and to get kids excited about robotics,” says Amey. Roboworld will be free with regular admissions to the Science Center, which is $14 for adults and $10 for children 3-18. Children under 3 and members of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh get in free.

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