Robot Weekend

JUN 16 & 17, 2018 | 10AM-5PM

Robot Weekend at OMSI, presented by Microsoft

 

June 16-17 | 10AM-5PM | Free with Musuem Admission

 

Geek out and learn more about robotics and cutting-edge tech with hands-on activities and demonstrations presented by 10+ robotics partners from across the Portland metro area. You can check out:

STAGE PRESENTATIONS: Join us in the Auditorium for more indepth learning with these 15 minute lectures.

 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 11:00am: Turtle Robots: Using Robotics to Teach Engineering with Ken Olsen, self-taught Electronics Technician
    • Turtle robots are the perfect vehicle for introducing young learners to engineering topics as they incorporate mechanical, electrical, and computer science disciplines. This will be an overview of how to build and teach with the "Open Source Turtle Robot".
  • 1:00pm: Leveraging LIDAR for Mapping and Navigation with Edward Epp, PhD, IEEE Oregon Chair
    • On October 8, 2005 a driverless VW Torareg navigated a 142-mile long course through the Mojave Desert to complete the DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian Thrun and Team won the grand prize. On the Torareg’s roof rack were five laser ranger finders. The robot’s software relied on artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning and probabilistic reasoning. Come learn about the open source algorithm they created and how you can leverage it for mapping and navigation of an autonomous robot.
  • 2:00pm: Meet a Human-Size Robot with Dave Shinsel, Chief Robotics Architect, Intel (retired)
    • Meet a 4 foot tall, 75 pound, highly interactive humanoid robot that even tells jokes! Learn how robots sense the world around them. Get tips on building robots, including using a 3d printer to make parts.
  • 3:00pm: Up-close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid with Members of the R2D2 Builders Group
    • The R2-D2 Builders Group is a community who exchanges information relating to building the robots of the Star Wars films, most notably R2-D2. Learn about the club’s history and the blueprints and plans they’ve been given to use. They’ll also share stories about the travels of their completed droids (one of the builders had his R2D2 used on the game show “Deal or No Deal”!)
  • 4:00pm: FIRST Robotics for K-12th Graders: Be part of the Robot Revolution! with Debbie Kerr, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Manager, OR
    • Learn what it means to get involved with FIRST Robotics! Kids learn real life skills including team work, public speaking and critical thinking. All skills levels are welcome and encouraged to be a part of a team! Anyone can help FIRST grow by volunteering. Short and long term commitments available.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 11:00am: Turtle Robots: Using Robotics to Teach Engineering with Ken Olsen, self-taught Electronics Technician
    • Turtle robots are the perfect vehicle for introducing young learners to engineering topics as they incorporate mechanical, electrical, and computer science disciplines. This will be an overview of how to build and teach with the "Open Source Turtle Robot".
  • 1:00pm: Leveraging LIDAR for Mapping and Navigation with Edward Epp, PhD, IEEE Oregon Chair
    • On October 8, 2005 a driverless VW Torareg navigated a 142-mile long course through the Mojave Desert to complete the DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian Thrun and Team won the grand prize. On the Torareg’s roof rack were five laser ranger finders. The robot’s software relied on artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning and probabilistic reasoning. Come learn about the open source algorithm they created and how you can leverage it for mapping and navigation of an autonomous robot.
  • 2:00pm: Robot Cooties: Do Clean Rooms Matter with Emily Liu, Officer, OSU Robotics Club
    • How “gross” are robots, or electronics in general? It may be hard to see impurities in your computer or smartphone, but they are in fact all around us. Unchecked electronics can spring problems later in their lifetime, leading to the acceptance of clean rooms as the standard preventive measure. But when the agent you’re fighting is invisible to the naked eye, the real question is whether preventive measures are really effective—and how far we should be going.
  • 3:00pm: FIRST Robotics for K-12th Graders: Be part of the Robot Revolution! with Loridee Wetzel, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior Program Manager
    • Learn what it means to get involved with FIRST Robotics! Kids learn real life skills including team work, public speaking and critical thinking. All skills levels are welcome and encouraged to be a part of a team! Anyone can help FIRST grow by volunteering. Short and long term commitments available.