RobotWorx and COSI Team Up for Robotics Camp Tours
RobotWorx, an industrial robot integrator, and COSI, a central-Ohio science museum for children, formed a partnership that allows children at Camp COSI to tour RobotWorx’ Marion, Ohio facility.
Marion, OH (PRWEB) August 17, 2011
Industrial robot integrator, RobotWorx, and central Ohio’s Center Of Science and Industry (COSI) have teamed up to provide educational tours for children involved in Camp COSI’s Robotics camp.
Two groups of campers toured RobotWorx in August to learn how industrial robots work, where they are used, and what it takes to work in the robotics industry. Campers witnessed state-of-the-art robots, such as the Motoman Dual-Arm DIA10 and the FANUC M-1 Spider robot, perform material handling applications and repeatability tests.
The intermediate robot campers, ages 9-11, capped off their week of programming LEGO robotic kits and completing robotic challenges with a glimpse into real-life robotics.
Advanced campers programmed LEGO Mindstorm and NXT robotics kits with an “outside of the box” approach during their week at Camp COSI. Counselors allowed the campers to design, construct, and program their robots to perform various tasks.
Interim Manager of Exploration Programs at COSI, Jonathan Barnes, encourages the RobotWorx-COSI connection saying, “With STEM education becoming vitally important to the success of today’s young people, COSI is extremely excited about our partnership with RobotWorx and their commitment to giving first-hand robotics experiences to our campers and guests.”
RobotWorx and COSI share a history of partnerships. In January 2010, RobotWorx donated two Motoman KS3 robots for COSI’s Science Day: Robotics. RobotWorx’ engineers programmed the robots to disco-dance and perform lightweight assembly.
A year later, RobotWorx’ owner Keith Wanner provided a Delta-style Fanuc M-1iA spider robot for demonstration to visitors at COSI’s 2011 Science Day. The Fanuc robot used its vision system to pick up and move small marbles. Visitors enjoyed trying to fool the robot by moving the marbles to a new pattern before they could be picked up.
Wanner and RobotWorx’ President Jarrod Bichon both welcomed the COSI tours.
“RobotWorx has been very pleased with previous partnerships with COSI and is happy to take COSI campers on tours of our facility. What COSI does with science and technology education is not only important for the future of the robotics industry, but it gives these kids a head start in many other emerging industries that they will encounter in their adult lives,” stated Bichon.
RobotWorx is an authorized integrator for FANUC, Motoman, and KUKA. RobotWorx specializes in creating customized robotic workcells. RobotWorx has been integrating industrial robots and workcells for applications including arc welding, material handling, cutting, dispensing, and machine tending since 1992. For more information about RobotWorx, visit http://www.robots.com/ or call 740-383-8383.
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