Radical Robots at ScienceWorks

ScienceWorks' third festival of the summer, "Radical Robots," explores the world of robots. "Radical Robots" is part of the daytime museum events through Aug. 12, and a robotics adult night will be held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The "Radical Robots" Festival features some two dozen radical robots that will be on display. Kids can enter the "Name Our Robot" contest to win prizes, make their own 3-D paper robot to take home and try their hand at controlling one of the museum's robots.

On Saturday, people are invited to enjoy a special presentation from the SOU Robotics Club, meet the voice behind the ScienceWorks Robot from 10 to 11 a.m., and view every LEGO Mindstorms Robot ever made. This will include some instruction and some hands-on time from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, the first Robotics group will bring their robot for a special viewing and the LEGO Mindstorms will be demonstrated from — to 2 p.m.

LEGO Mindstorms are a way to design and build real robots. By means of the software included in the set, robots can be programmed to perform loads of different operations.

The robot can be fitted, for example, with sensors which control motors and react to light, sound, touch, etc. For example, it can react to your voice or you can control it via your mobile phone. The only limiting factor is the scope of your imagination.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children ages 9 to 14. It combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program and a research presentation with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams consist of up to 10 members and focus on such things as team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking and each year tackle a specific "Challenge."

The "Radical Robots" Festival is included free with museum admission.

On Friday, adults are invited for a special Adult Night on Second Science Friday. For an admission of $5, the evening will feature live music from the dynamic "Montana Soul." food, wine and fun. Just for adults, museum staff will be bringing out the giant Orbitron &

a ride in which you can get a sense of weightlessness that astronauts experience.

In addition, adults can try their hand at the futuristic Segway personal transport vehicle. Lego Mindstorms robots will be available from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for a interactive experience. Staff will be on hand to provide instruction. The evening is for adults 21 and over only.

In its first 4 years, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum has served more than 150,000 visitors, families, children, students and teachers from all over the Northwest.

Over the years, more and more adults, including college students and seniors have experienced the exhibits as they get an opportunity to explore unusual science phenomena.

Now ScienceWorks is offering an opportunity for people to enjoy the museum &

without having to push kids aside on the exhibits.

The Adult Nights will be featured on most second Fridays, with themes ranging from the science of chocolate and coffee, to sports, and even love.

"Adults have such a great time in the museum that we want to offer them a chance to relax in a great setting, have some fun and maybe learn something new," said Executive Director Chris Wallace Hostetler. "We know adults have been anxious to give the museum a try with no kids around so this is their chance."

The final festival of the summer is on Aug. 22 to Aug. 26 as ScienceWorks goes "Down on the Farm" with live animals, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, hands on activities and milking demonstrations. With live music, this will be a great way to end the summer and welcome the fall.

ScienceWorks is located at 1500 East Main at Walker Ave. Summer hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Summer hours begin June 13.

For more information on events, directions, membership and volunteer opportunities call 482-6767 or visit . For more information call 482-6767.

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