A robotics lab has been built at the Sacramento’s Discovery Museum Science and Space Center with an aim to educate students in the field of science, technology, engineering and math.
This lab facility in the Sacramento area will serve as the base of the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center in 2013. The Robotics Lab will be inaugurated on February 23, 2011 at 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento.
Students whose schools don’t have a robotic team can take advantage of this robotics lab to practice hands-on programming on robots. The Robotics Lab that acts as an after school robotics club allows a maximum of 36 students to receive hands-on experience. During this competition, the participants can form teams consisting of 9 to 14 members.
Several organizations have contributed to the setting up of this temporary robotics facility in Sacramento. Funds for the purchase of hard assets such as land, building, inventory, equipment were arranged by the City Council member Sandy Sheedy. The Robotics Lab was set up in a temporary, double-wide facility offered by Otto Construction. Hewlett-Packard donated laptops, AT&T provided financial support to enable the purchase of LEGO Mindstorm Education robotics hardware and Rotary of Sacramento took initiatives to paint the walls.
Several engineers and software professionals from Intel and Synergex helped the Museum staff in providing lesson plans and curriculum for each subject. These technologists also volunteered to assist in executing the program.
Officials at the Sacramento’s Discovery Museum Science and Space Center claim that robotics education covers a large number of topics related to science, technology, engineering and math. They also added that the robotic lab will help to inculcate teamwork and management skills in students.