Robotics and STEM Showcase
Demonstrations and Activities for ALL Ages
Play (and learn) at Valleyfest Robots, and STEM Showcase featuring NASA at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. This FREE event, brought to you by Horizon Credit Union, Delta Dental, Exploring Families and Events On Fire, will entice all ages to engage in space travel, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and robotic activities!
- FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) and EV3 robots will entice kids to code. The theme for the 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season transports students into space, where they explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space. The Spokane competition is in early December. FLL teams are made up of EV3 robots, computers, coaches and team members, all learning basic programming lessons.
- Fred Stahl, of Partners For Science, will once again show off his popular pets: Madagascar hissing cockroaches, one of largest species of cockroaches! New this year: giant Megalodon fossil shark teeth (as in The Meg movie), and a science estimation contest with prizes. He always brings a plethora of science fun with him wherever he goes, including his hands-on roller coasters for marbles.
- Robotics students will showcase robots they have designed to play – come see and interact with these robots! Observe several types, sizes, and shapes of robots from local high schoolers, some as big as refrigerators, featuring awesome local students.
Imagine, design, create, and build with NASA and space-themed LEGOs
- Watch 3D Printers in action! RoboSprout is devoted to opensource/openhardware. Their focus is on 3d printers, rapid prototyping, and small batch contract manufacturing. You won’t believe what they can print!
- Humans will have the opportunity to play with robots. Kids and adults of all ages will be enticed to engage in robotic activities. In all of the excitement, kids won’t even realize they are learning about the amazing world of robotics! Robotics students will showcase robots they have designed – come experience for yourself and interact with robots! Observe several types, sizes, and shapes of robots in action from local high school students from St. Mary’s Catholic School, Lewis & Clark High School, Spokane Valley Tech, and more.
- Mobius Science Center is offering free 15-minute Planetarium Shows every half hour beginning at 12 noon.
- Dr. Rebecca L Brown, Professor and Chair of the EWU Department of Biology, and her students will show kids engaging displays of their biology work. Dr. Brown is a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests centered around riparian ecosystems, invasive plant species, and restoration ecology.
- Learn all about the Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in Spokane in the spring. It’s for all students in grades 6-12 to learn about companies in Pullman, UW Medical School, WSU Health Sciences campus, Spokane School District and about 40 local teachers. It is a research project competition for students in STEM as well as a STEM festival.
- HOOT (Hawk and Owl Outreach Talks) from the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center’s (WVOLC) Valleyfest participants will have the opportunity to meet live birds of prey, ask questions to bird docents and create animal track art!WVOLC >mission is to provide opportunities for young people to investigate and learn about the world around them.
- Friends of Dr. Universe at WSU will be making slime. Slime is chemistry and science. Polymers and non-newtonian fluids can be a confusing for kids but scientists at WSU can help! Who is Dr. Universe? Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students around the world. Questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?
- Joshua Johnson of Objects Unlimited, makes aircraft parts, primarily drone wings and frames. His company also makes their own manufacturing machines. Joshua and his father both worked for or with NASA so he has lots of artifacts to see and touch, including a piece of brick made for the space shuttle, A Prandtl-M wing meant to demonstrate unmanned flight on Mars, printed circuit boards from the computer that calibrated the replacement o-rings on shuttles that flew post Challenger, seats from several historic but unfortunately fatally crashed aircraft and a wing he designed using data from the NASA Prandtl program.
Mobius Science Center, located at 331 N Post St, across the street from Riverfront Park will host the same NASA artifacts after Valleyfest from September 24 – December 30, 2018. Hands-on activities in the exhibit gallery and write a letter to a real Astronaut that will be delivered to the International Space Station!