National Air and Space Museum Hosts Robotics Program
Smithsonian Celebrates National Robotics Week
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host a robotics program April 5 in Washington, D.C. A full day of activities and presentations will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will have two themes: robotics and young people and the current state of robotics in space. This educational program is an official event of National Robotics Week, April 6–13.
The National Air and Space Museum is presenting this symposium in partnership with NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Infamous Robotics LLC, a private corporation that uses curricula it has developed to successfully educate children about robotics engineering and the related STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields using a hands-on approach.
Presentations will take place in the “Moving Beyond Earth” gallery, an immersive exhibition that places visitors “in orbit” in the shuttle and space-station era to explore recent human spaceflight and future possibilities. The developmental NASA/DARPA Robonaut 1A and the DARPA Autonomous Robotic Manipulation robot “Robbie” are both on display in the exhibition to illustrate how robots can aid humans in space.
Robotics Technology Demonstration; noon – 3 p.m. (Gallery 211)
Sharing Space: The Human–Robot Partnership; 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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