ASHLAND -- The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum will host the Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Over 800 K-12 grade Nebraska students, math and science teachers, and team leaders will gather for an event that brings two robotics competitions and an art exposition together for a day of STEM inspiration.

“This is a celebration of in-school and after-school student work with robotics,” says Deb Hermann, director of marketing at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. The Nebraska Robotics Expo encourages student involvement with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as educates and engages our next generation of innovators, their families, and the public about STEM opportunities in Nebraska.

The CEENBoT™ Showcase hosts an impressive group of 110 teams from 21 Nebraska elementary, middle and high schools. It is the tenth season for the showcase using Nebraska-created CEENBoT™ robots at each event. This year's six competitive showcase events involve challenges that require teamwork, strategy, autonomous programming, and engineering innovation. The showcase theme is "CEENBoT™ Winter Games.”

FIRST LEGO League will host 48 teams for the FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICSSM Challenge. Children ages 9 to 14 will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. Teams have worked for 9 months to understand water supply problems and during this final challenge, teams demonstrate their solution to solving real world supply problems. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the “Robot Game.”

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