Derby’s annual Robot Day will be taking place in QUAD in March. QUAD welcomes the third edition of Robot Day in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to celebrate British Science Week. The free event will offer a range of robot-related STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) activities, exhibitions, talks and films for all ages. Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with coding, watch robots compete in a range of challenges, meet a fighting robot, hear from experts about how robots improve our lives, and join in with VR experiences and craft activities. “Britain is facing a chronic shortage of new engineers and technologists, with double the current numbers of graduates and apprentices needed to meet demand. Robot Day is a fantastic way for young people and their influential people in their lives to find out more about how engineering makes the world a better place. Engineering, like the arts, touches everything we do and the new partnership with QUAD is a powerful way to showcase the essential interplay between the two”, explains Stephen Powley, IET Schools Liaison Officer for Derbyshire. Robot Day 2018 takes place in QUAD on Saturday 17th March, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Last year’s event attracted 850 visitors and even more are expected this year. The event is free, drop in and suitable for all ages. For more information, please call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 or visit their website.

Programme

Start time:

10:00 

End time:

16:00

Hands-on activities are drop-in at any time.
All talks start punctually at the times stated below:

10:45 A terrible robot is a good robot - Richard Sewell (STEM talk)
11:15 Robots in the Sky: automation on board a modern commercial jet aircraft - Matthew Nutt (IET Lecture)
12:00 Making robots: how to get started - Nick McCloud (STEM talk)
12:45 Electronic Skin - now robots can feel like us! - Atif Syed (IET Lecture) 
13:30 Artificial Intelligence & Robotics: Past, Present and Future - Hongmei He (IET Lecture)
14:15 Panel Discussion
14:40 IET Robot Triathlon prize presentations

Reasons to attend

Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with coding, watch robots compete in a range of challenges, meet a fighting robot, hear from experts about how robots improve our lives, and join in with VR experiences and craft activities. 

Cost

Free Event

Additional information

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working to “Engineer a Better World” by inspiring, informing and influencing all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers. The IET is Europe’s largest professional organisation in the field and is dedicated to introducing a new generation to the sheer excitement of science, technology and engineering. STEM skills including computing and design & technology (D&T) are hugely important for hundreds of different careers, if not every career in some way. The UK needs more young people – particularly girls - to study and take part in opportunities involving these topics so they can make an informed choice and consider STEM as a career option in the future. IET Education 5-19 team runs an education service aimed at supporting partnership organisations in the provision of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) resources and experiences for both teachers, students and parents across the UK.

For further information on this event please contact Stephen Powley on 07736 448 738 or email spowley@theiet.org

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that features a range of fascinating, entertaining and engaging national, regional and local events across the UK.

Registration information

This event is free to attend and no registration is required

Event date: 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 -
10:00 to 16:00