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 Robots Recruit Future Engineers for Oct. 5 Expo

In a space dedicated to San Diego’s sport heroes, a new kind of competition will be celebrated: the race to educate and inspire students to become future innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). On Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robo Expo comes to San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The expo is free and open to the public

Robots of all shapes, sizes and functions will be on display from local companies, student clubs and global organizations. Several non-profit technical and engineering schools will be on hand along with students and their creations. This is the 13th year the event has been organized by the San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) and is designed to showcase all things robotic to students in grades 6-12, their parents and teachers. Support is also being provided by the U.S. Navy Office of Public Outreach.

“Russell the Electric Giraffe” will greet visitors as they enter. Inside a team from Sharp Hospital will demonstrate how the da Vinci surgical robot is used. An International Space Project will be on display. A C74 military drone, on loan from the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will stretch across the room and its use described by retired U.S. Navy service members who worked with these unmanned weapons. 

The MakerPlace is bringing a do-it-yourself electronics demonstration. Several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs ) will be on hand from exhibitors such as SPAWAR, SeaBotix and the San Diego Fire and Rescue Bomb Squad. Over 300 people are expected to attend. 

“Robo Expo carries a powerful message of how the economy and society utilizes robotics on a daily basis. Children and adults will be thrilled to interact closely with the robots and learn about how they can be involved in robotic education,” said Dave Massey, SDSA Robotics Education Project Director.

In addition to the public demonstration, middle and high school teachers who have been nominated by their district to teach robotics during out-of-school programs will meet to learn more about the Exploring STEM Careers Initiative (ESCI). 

Walk up registration will be available. Robo Expo does not include admission to the Hall of Champions, located at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA, 92101. For more information, visit the SDSA website or email robotics@sdsa.org