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May 8, 2008
By Sarah Purdy
Join science teacher and robot-building expert Paul Nagelkerke for a two-hour mini-robotics workshop at the University's Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center. The fee for each two-hour workshop is $35 per participant age 10-14, and includes a souvenir t-shirt.
Workshops are scheduled for May 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.; May 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. or May 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.
Workshop participants ages 10-14 will build a small LEGO© Mindstorms Sumo Robot (one per participant) and learn how to program the robot to battle in a sumo competition at the conclusion of the class. Concepts explored include balance and speed versus force, and traction versus power. All parts and equipment must be returned at the end of the workshop. Parents are encouraged to attend to watch the construction and competition at no charge.
The instructor for the Planetarium’s LEGO© Robotics Workshops is Paul Nagelkerke, M.Sc., a science teacher at the Silbury Education and Resource Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nagelkerke has presented robot-building classes at schools, summer camps and science centers throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to teaching, he builds robot props for films and television in southwestern British Columbia.
Advance registration is required. To register visit the planetarium website, download the LEGO© Robotics flier, fill out the registration form and return to Fleischmann Planetarium at the University by mail or in person, or call (775) 784-4812 for more details or to register by phone. No drop-in participants will be admitted. Registrations cannot be reserved until payment of $35 per participant is received in full. A 10 percent discount is available to Fleischmann Planetarium Nova Team members. Each session is limited to 10 participants; early registration is recommended. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be contacted by phone to confirm registration.