Written by Ashley Johnson, '13
Writing Intern for the Office of Communications

Rising to the challenge of putting scientific theory into motion, physics and computer science students at CSUSM will be presenting the culminations of their imaginative innovations at the fifth annual Robot Expo on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and offers physics enthusiasts the opportunity to interact alongside students who have used logic and reasoning to bring theoretical principles to life.

The Robot Expo showcases original robots constructed by teams of physics and computer science students, who are tasked with the assignment of designing and programming a micro-system.  Each robot requires hours upon hours of thought, research and advanced code, effectively engaging the students’ knowledge and ability to create a fully functioning robot from scratch. At the expo, a panel of judges evaluates each robot on its ability to function as designed, as well as the student’s ability to communicate the technical processes the robot undergoes to perform those tasks.

The community is encouraged to join in the fun and watch robots in action. Physics demonstrations and interactive activity stations, hosted by the Society of Physics Students, will also be offered at the event and allow attendees to engage in a hands-on experience.

Free and open to the public, the Robot Expo will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Clarke.