Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition will host a free, family-friendly robotics event next month at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola
The event, which will be held on on Saturday, April 15, from 12 to 5 p.m., celebrates National Robotics Week and will feature IHMC robot demonstrations in the Blue Angels Atrium along with free screenings of National Geographic’s film, “Robots.”
National Robotics Week is all about celebrating the United States’ leadership in robotics technology and development and inspiring students of all ages to pursue careers in these areas, officials said. At Robotics Day, IHMC will demonstrate kid-friendly robotics concepts and real-world applications, and hands-on science kit activities will also be set up by the Pensacola MESS Hall.
Kids and families are also invited to see National Geographic’s film “Robots” in the newly renovated Giant Screen Theater. Tickets to the film — for the screenings on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — will be free on a first come-first served basis. Complimentary popcorn and a beverage will be also provided.
Presented by National Geographic, Robots gives audiences an inside look at humanoid robots, exploring the difficulties of mimicking humans as well as what it means to be humanoid.
Viewers will take a tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan and the U.S., guided by host and narrator RoboThespian, an android voiced by actor, comedian, and filmmaker Simon Pegg.
Audiences learn about Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, as well as robot butlers, search and rescue robots and eerily human-looking androids. The movie showcases the latest cutting edge efforts and challenges that are driving roboticists, engineers and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs.
The 40-minute film also explores the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humanoid cognition and human-robot interaction (HRI), as well as developments in cloud robotics.
For additional event details, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/roboticsday.