Robots Do Battle at Portland Science Attraction
(Portland, Oregon) – It’s like Transformers meets World Wrestling Federation, except these robots are for real, and so is the action.
Robots will battle it out at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) later this month. Experience the thrill of victory and pounding defeat as high school robotics teams from throughout Oregon and Vancouver gather at OMSI for a day of mechanical madness at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Showcase, happening October 23.
Families are encouraged to come get an up-close look at these 120-pound student-designed robots in action (and even test one out) in OMSI’s Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on this Saturday event. Entry to this event is included with regular museum admission.
OMSI officials say more than 16 FIRST high school teams will compete in this scrimmage, which combines the fun and challenges of sport, as well as scientific innovation and teamwork. During the “Breakaway” event, students will guide robots to score goals on a soccer-like hill covered playing field. Additional FIRST groups and FIRST LEGO League teams will be onsite actively building and testing robots for future projects and challenges.
“Supporting technology, science and math in education is priceless," said Deb Mumm-Hill, Executive Director, FIRST. "Our children are smart, energetic and willing to rise to any challenge backed up by those who believe in them. On average, 55 out of 100 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition students pursue degrees in engineering or science, compared to their non-FIRST peer group, in which only 28 out of 100 pursue these careers.”
The FIRST Robotics Showcase is a chance for parents, students, mentors, and sponsors to learn about FIRST and to get information about joining local teams or starting one of their own. FIRST’s major sponsors in Oregon are Autodesk, Mentor Graphics, Intel, Rockwell Collins, BPA, FLIR, Radysis, Xerox, Platt and more. More information can be found at www.oregonfirst.org.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is a non-profit organization that motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The FIRST program supports Oregon State’s commitment to STEM by building self-esteem, knowledge and life skills. FIRST uses a high-impact robotics competition to create life-changing and career-shaping experiences for students. In 2009/2010, more than 4,000 Oregon high school students participated in the FIRST competitions, mentored by our regions leaders in various STEM industries. A significant component of the Oregon’s economy is derived from STEM industries and FIRST inspires students to become innovators and join these leading companies and institutions upon graduation.
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Upcoming Event Highlights at OMSI
Saturday, October 23. Teen Science Night. A special free evening at OMSI just for visitors ages 13-18. Teens can explore the new Design Zone and Identity exhibits, rock out to a live DJ, ride the Segway, play games, and more! Teen Science Night is a quarterly event on Saturdays from 7 –10 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages are available for purchase.
Every Last Wednesday of the Month. OMSI After Dark. Treat yourself to childfree, brain-building science fun at OMSI After Dark! Check out live demos, a planetarium show, Science On a Sphere, SAMSON the T. rex, new featured exhibits, and old favorites. Sample tasty snacks and sweets along with beer, wine, and craft soda, and talk to regional food and beverage artisans about the science behind them. The OMSI Market Cafe will be open with a special dinner menu and cash bars will also be available for those who want more than just a taste. It’s geeks gone wild. (21-and-over only.)
OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Visitors 21-and-over only; ID will be checked at the entrance.