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Free Robotic Workshops Resume July 10

LANCASTER, PA – After a brief hiatus, robotics workshops with Baxter will resume at the Lancaster Science FactLancaster Science Factory Robotics Campory.

The Lancaster Science Factory, along with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, are collaborating to feature workshops with Baxter, a state-of-the-art, human-like educational robot, at the Science Café, Monday through Friday, July 10 through August 4.

Baxter comes to the Science Factory as part of Stevens’ STEM-in-GEAR program, which works to emphasize the importance of technical education and interest youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Baxter, one of two robots currently owned by the college, will be demonstrating processes similar to those used professionally in industry. Four workshops a day will allow up to 15 kids from grades K-8 to interact with the robot. This initiative would not be possible without the support of The High Companies. Baxter the Robot is current on loan thanks to the generosity of Thaddeus Stevens College.

Rich Nolt, a Manheim Township High School technology education and engineering teacher and the exhibit’s instructor, said the demonstration “gives kids a chance to understand systems, the inputs and outputs of a system and how it can be controlled and manipulated to do something useful that they want it to do.”

Additionally, an Edison Robot activity space will allow participants to have a hands-on robotics experience. Edison educational robots are an innovation from Microbric, an Australian company based in South Australia. Microbric’s vision is to share electronics, robotics and programming with as many people as possible. Their technology is designed to provide users with an opportunity to experiment and have fun, while challenging their knowledge, innovativeness and imagination, without the need for expensive tools..

Baxter and the Edison Robot “mini camps” will be at the Lancaster Science Factory through August 4th and is free with paid admission or membership. Admission is $9.00 for individuals and special rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advanced reservations.

About the Lancaster Science Factory

The Lancaster Science Factory is a non-profit science and technology center located at 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The mission of the Lancaster Science Factory is to create an environment of learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build self-confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology. For general information and admission prices, please call 717.509.6363 or visit www.lancastersciencefactory.org

 

About Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is consistently ranked as Pennsylvania’s top technical college and awards associate degrees in high-demand, skilled occupations. At 96 percent, the placement rate for Thaddeus Stevens graduates is among the highest in the United States. A full listing of programs is available at www.StevensCollege.edu.

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