The Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland is hosting the 7th Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo on Saturday, February 20th. Nebraska students, team leaders and math and science teachers from the four corners of the state will gather for the event that features two big robotics competitions.
Director of education Phil Onwiler says, “We have two different groups that will be out at the museum. One is called CEENBoT and the other one is Lego League. They will take over the museum, our 300-thousand square foot facility and they will be hosting their state championship competitions. We have over 136 teams between the two leagues that will be competing for all kinds of great prizes.”
Onwiler says the Lego League focuses on the middle school group, ages 9 through 14 can take part in this league. They work with Lego designed robotics kits and spend months designing projects that solve problems that are stumping scientists today. This year’s theme is trash, from collecting to shorting to smart production and reuse.
The second portion is the CEENBoT Showcase is a home-grown product and the result of a collaboration of leaders within the University of Nebraska system. It is designed to help teachers educate students on the STEM education tools they will need to be successful and focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. This year’s showcase theme is centered on classic games so you will see a different twist on Monopoly, Risk and checkers.
The public is invited to attend and are encouraged to participate with many of the activities in the CEENBoT group. That includes Tae Kwon Do, driving mazes to precision driving and more. The opening ceremonies start at 8:30.