The Robots Return!

UC College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Nursing will host UC Robotics Night November 19th at the 5/3 Arena.  The UC Robotics Club will provide a live demonstration of their traveling robots in the UC Athletic Bubble prior to the game.

UC Robotics Club with their famous t-shirt cannon.

UC Robotics Club with their famous t-shirt cannon.

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) gear up to host UC Robotics Night at 5/3 Arena on November 19, 2014 at 7 pm.

The evening will begin with a live demonstration of UC’s traveling robots and quadcopters in the UC Athletics Bubble at 6 pm.  The UC Robotics Club and aerospace students will display their machines on the open practice field, allowing for a comfortable observation in the shelter of the “bubble.” This is a unique change to engage with the UC’s Robotics team and the unique creations they’ve built from scratch.

The excitement continues during the game as the UC Robotics club will showcase their famous T-Shirt cannon, with center-court recognition of involved students and faculty.

The College of Nursing will have their telehealth robots—Flo-bot, ROMO, and V-go— interacting with guests at an operating station near the arena’s first aid station in the concourse. These telehealth robots (robots used in healthcare) are a vital presence at the Maple Knoll UC Smart Innovation Collaboratory House, a high-tech residence developed in partnership with the UC College of Medicine’s geriatric experts and designed by the UC College of Nursing and CEAS to determine whether technology can close the primary care gap for an aging population. Several engineering students partnered with nursing students on senior capstone projects to develop and implement innovative healthcare technology for the house—the posters from which will also be on display in the concourse.

The University of Cincinnati is also pleased to welcome the students of the Oak Hills Robotics Team 4284.  Oak Hills Team “Scot Bot” is one of the highest ranking teams of the ~3,000 teams (that’s 75,000 high school students across the nation!) that comprise the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC).

Oak Hills Robotics Team 4284

Oak Hills Robotics Team 4284

The Oak Hills Robotics Team will enjoy a comfortable private suite at 5/3 Arena and be recognized on court for their outstanding achievements.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The University of Cincinnati’s Office of the President and CEAS recently partnered to jointly fund FIRST® Robotics Scholarships. The initial scholarships were awarded to the Ogg brothers in 2013 in recognition of their many years as FIRST® Robotics Competition participants and their dedication in serving as FIRST Robotics ambassadors for UC students last academic year.

This fall, the UC President’s Office and CEAS made 25 one-time $2,000 FIRST® Robotics Scholarships available to entering freshmen who participated in FIRST® Robotics.

In partnership with UC Athletics, all FIRST® Robotics team members, parents, advisors and sponsors are invited to attend. Special ticket rates are available for FIRST® Robotics Official Cincinnati Bearcats Online Ticket Marketplace.

CEAS will also be highlighting its educational partners from Kings High School; Grant Career Center; Oak Hills High School; Princeton High School; Reading High School; Sycamore High School; Taylor High School; and Winton Woods. These partners collaborate with UC as a part of the university’s new dual enrollment program which is aimed at promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in area high schools.

Through UC’s innovative “flipped classroom” model, UC delivers online lectures to the high school students who view lectures by CEAS faculty via webcasts at their convenience. Classroom time is led by high school teachers who lead engineering-based project activities and discussions on how the lessons will apply to their lives and careers.

“We saw an opportunity to provide content in a way that was engaging and accessible,” explains Eugene Rutz, CEAS academic director. “By using video to record small lectures of our faculty and staff on engineering topics such as ‘What is engineering?’ ‘What is the engineering design process?’ We can make these available to the students and schools at their convenience, as often as they want.”

Additionally, special recognitions will be made throughout UC Robotics Night as UC honors robotics collaborations spanning the university including those between the College of Nursing, the College of Medicine and CEAS, ongoing at the Collaboratory for Medical Innovation and Implementation (CMII), the UC Center for Robotics Research, and the Innovation Collaboratory House of Maple Knoll Village.

Don’t miss this special event jam-packed with robot fun and competitive basketball.  Fun for the whole family, UC Robotics Night 2014 is a night you don’t want to miss!