In this facility, students will learn to construct and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology in an after school program. The lab will offer programs and activities appropriate for students of all ages and levels, and was one of the first programs developed for the new Powerhouse Science Center.
The Museum's Robotics Lab will feature:
This facility is the culmination of a group effort by many organizations in the Sacramento region. Carson Construction in Sacramento donated a temporary doublewide facility that houses the Robotics Lab; City Councilmember Sandy Sheedy helped find the cash to pay for hard costs and fees; AT&T provided a grant to purchase LEGO Mindstorm Education robotics hardware; Hewlett-Packard in Roseville donated laptop computers; and Rotary of Sacramento painted the walls.
Other donors include: Duran and Venables, Inc., Atlas Disposal, Associated Construction & Maintenance, Eckhart’s Manufactured Housing Service, CAPCO, Armour Steel, All Bay Mill & Lumber, Sonotrol, the City of Sacramento, Nolte Associates, Inc., United Rentals, B.T. Mancini, White Cap, and Performance Contracting Inc. Intel engineers and software experts from Synergex are volunteering their time and expertise to assist Museum staff in developing curriculum and lesson plans and assisting with program delivery.