Morrill Hall's 'Sunday Scientist' explores robotics Jan. 15

Released on 01/10/2012, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets, UNL City Campus

Lincoln, Neb., January 10th, 2012 —
Shane Farritor
Shane Farritor

            The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore robotics. The program will take place Jan. 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the UNL City Campus.

            The event will be led by Shane Farritor, professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Farritor, along with students from the department, will talk to visitors about the important role robots play in our everyday lives. Children will have the opportunity to operate a functioning robot that simulates surgical tasks. There will be several other robots on display and videos demonstrating robots in action.

            Upcoming Sunday with a Scientist Topics: Feb. 19 -- Snakes; March 19 -- Ashfall Fossil Beds; April 15 -- Food Science; May 20 -- Bees; June 17 -- DNA; July 15 -- TBA; Aug. 19 -- Plants; Sept. 16 -- Biofuels; Oct. 21 -- Ogallala Aquifer; Nov. 18 -- TBA; Dec. 16 – Platte River Time Lapse Project.

            Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting their science on site.

            The University of Nebraska State Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at 402-472-3779, visit its website, or contact Kathy French, education coordinator, at 402-472-6647 by email.


Writer: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, 402-472-3779

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