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Gadgets & Gears Day

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Who: Adults, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: February 25, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Calling all engineers, builders, and inventors! Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Maryland Science Center with robots, simple machines, remote controlled cars, and more. Gadgets & Gears Day will be full of hands-on discovery related to design processes, the role of the engineer, the impact of engineering on everyday life, and the future of different technologies in the field. Exploration stations will be located throughout the building where you can engage with scientists and inventors, discuss technology and scientific advancements, test-drive robots, and even try your hand at your very own engineering projects.

Interact with experts from the community

Clearwater Mills
Discover the power of simple machines with Clearwater Mills! Learn how even the most basic of machines can be combined to change the world. And, get the details on Baltimore’s very own example of simple machines in action: Mr. Trash Wheel!

FIRST Robotics Competition Team #2377, C Company
Learn about the ins and outs of team-building a robot, and see highlights from C Company’s past competitions. You’ll even get a chance to take one of Team 2377’s very own competition-grade robots for a spin! Team 2377 (C Company) is a FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) team from Chesapeake Sr. High School.

Interactive Systems Research Center
The Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC) acts as a bridge for faculty across the UMBC campus with expertise in designing, building, or studying uses of interactive computing systems. ISRC works to use engineering technologies to solve problems with the perspective of the user in mind. Mingle with the members of the ISRC and experience first-hand the wonders of 3D printing! Learn how 3D printing can be used to empower people with disabilities, and see several examples of the ISRC’s outreach creations.

NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division
Enjoy video games? Like robots? NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) has five robots that combine both! Drive the 14-inch, 5-motor robots and use their grippers to pick up objects. Engineers are available to answer questions about NASA technology, robots, and their applications in space.

U.S. Department of Energy
Meet Tiny Titan: a Toy Supercomputer! The U.S Department of Energy hosts some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, including Titan, a supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN. Tiny Titan, named after Titan, is not a real supercomputer but a toy; Tiny Titan shows how supercomputers work. Come play on Tiny Titan, and learn how supercomputers are solving some of the world’s biggest science and engineering problems! The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.