|President Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng., and Vice-President Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng. have some fun with Sarcos, a kind of Robin Williams on sterioids, the greeter at the entrance to Robotics. Ms. Van Gastel and Mr.Chalcroft represented APEGGA at Robotics' official opening on Jan. 28.|
With a wisecracking stand-up comic droid, a robot that shoots hoops like the NBA's Steve Nash, and another that went into depths of an Alaskan volcano, the highly entertaining and educational Robotics exhibit at Edmonton's Odyssium will bring science alive for thousands this February through April.
APEGGA is a proud supporting sponsor of the show, which consists of 540 square
metres of interactive exhibits and hands-on science produced by the
prestigious Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh.
“The show is a good fit with our Outreach Program goals to make science
fun and to engage youth in science activities that might spark an interest in
a career in engineering or geoscience,” says Philip Mulder, APR, Manager,
Communications. “Robotics demonstrates, in an engaging and accessible way,
recent advancements in the uses of artificial intelligence and robotics in a
variety of real-world applications.”
Robotics answers such questions as, “What is a robot?” “How do robots think?” and “What are the differences between humans and robots?” It does so by introducing the basic science behind the design and operation of robots. It explores how robots use sensing, thinking and acting to function, and compares the processes with those of humans.
In addition, Robotics aims to increase awareness of the advantages of using robots in the workplace as well as introducing visitors to robotics-related career possibilities.
During the exhibit's run, which ends May 1, members who show their APEGGA membership card receive a 20 per cent discount on a general admission pass (excluding IMAX presentations) to a maximum of four additional members of your party. Designed to appeal to all ages, you should find Robotics both engaging and entertaining as well as educational.
For information about exhibit hours, visit http://www.apega.ca/Members/Events/robotics.html