Robo Climb 2019 and the Family Science Fest – Saturday, August 17, 2019

Included with paid admission to the Museum of Flight

The ISEC Space Elevator Conference presents the eighth annual Family Science Fest on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This family-friendly event has something for everyone and you’ll have the entire museum to explore, top to bottom. Local companies, educational and service organizations and schools will offer hands-on activities, displays and demonstrations with the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Roam the museum’s Great Gallery and watch teams compete in Robo Climb, a special robotics competition; learn about the Space Elevator and its importance to mankind at Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations. Explore exhibits in the museum’s Great Gallery.  This event is included in the Museum of Flight admission price.

Space Elevator Family Science Fest

Location:  Museum of Flight, Great Gallery
Date:  Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time:  10 am to 5 pm
Cost:  Included with Museum of Flight admission.  There is no registration required for these activities and presentations.  However, teams competing in the robotics challenge must register for the competition.

Planned activities include:

  • Robo Climb – a competition for middle- and high-school level robotics teams to design, build, and program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design.
  • Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations
    • 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM SE 101 –  “An Introduction to the Space Elevator” presented by Dr. Bryan Laubscher
    • 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM SE 101 Q&A
    • 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM SE 201 – “Space Elevator Design Challenges and Usage Scenarios” presented by Dr. Pete Swan
    • 12:40 PM – 1:00 PM SE 201 Q&A

Last Year’s Robo Climb 2018 Results

LEGO Only robots

1st place: Astrobaut – 147 points

2nd place: Jack Bolton – 15 points (an 8 year old was the only team member)

3rd place: Rolling Jellybean Devils for life – 0 points, but the lightest robot at 1.88 lb

Anything Goes robots

1st place: The Space Invaders – 415 points (laser cut plywood robot)

2nd place: Pi Bots – 355 points (mostly Lego, but with a Raspberry Pi controller on the robot and loader)

3rd place: MechaHawks – 230 points (VEX IQ robot, team built their robot just in the last few days)

Engineering Award

Iron Dragon Printing – a completely 3d printed robot (except electronics); used magnets as conductors across the two halves of the robot to reduce wiring issues, and a number of other innovations, including using a Fusion processor. Fastest climb time we’ve ever had!

Team Spirit Award

Pi Bots – not just for being enthusiastic, or wearing team shirts, but because they were engaging, helping, and a very young team (9-12 year olds)