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Party with robots at the Science Center's 21+ night


Last updated 9/14/2015 at 6:29pm

Carnegie Science Center’s next 21+ Night will explore the binary world of robots – with Pittsburgh’s famous robot HERB (Home Exploring Robot Butler) – on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-10 p.m.

Event activities will include: programming a robot to make works of art or to navigate a maze; making a coded bracelet to take home; and meeting Team RobotiX, an organization connecting local professionals with K-12 students and teachers to provide robotics education.

Visitors can try to grab as much candy as possible in 55 seconds using a fully articulated claw machine built from an Arduino and basic 3D printer parts. Unlike the traditional arcade claw machines, this DIY version offers full control over this claw in the X,Y,Z axis and the claw grip itself.

Resonance Works artists will be on-site to put hearing to the test, questioning whether it’s possible to tell the difference between music composed by humans and music composed by machines. Artists will play a musical “taste test” to find out if people can hear the difference between human-based melodic entertainment and computer-made masterpieces.

Plus, Carnegie Science Center’s roboworld is the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibition, offering the opportunity to snap a selfie with C-3PO and to challenge a robot to a game of air hockey.

For a few dollars more, visitors can see the Science Center’s newest Omnimax movie, ROBOTS. ROBOTS is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less “humanoid” and more just plain human. Robot “actor” RoboThespian will introduce CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, HERB the Butler, ICUB, and others on an amazing tour of what’s going on in robotics labs around the world.

Carnegie Mellon University’s HERB, one of the robot stars from the film, will attend the event to meet visitors! Other robots from CMU labs will also be on-site, including the Biorobotics Laboratory whose research focuses on snake robots.

Local band “Nameless in August” will perform. 21+ Night features cash bars, snacks available for purchase, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids. Participants get a discount on Omnimax and laser shows that evening.

Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

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