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May 26, 2005

Robots + Us
An Awe-Inspiring Exhibition Where Humans Meet Machines at the California Science Center
May 28 - Sept. 5, 2005

Los Angeles – Visitors can experiment their way to futuristic fun and learning with Robots + Us, on view at the California Science Center May 28 - Sept. 5, 2005. This dynamic and playful exhibit encourages people to look past pop-culture’s representation of futuristic robots, like Star Wars’ R2D2 and C3PO, and discover our current robotic reality.

With nearly two-dozen interactive components, Robots + Us gives visitors the opportunity to investigate how robots move about and sense the world around them. California Science Center Senior Vice President of Exhibits Diane Perlov notes that, “The exhibit lets visitors explore the current advances in robotics as well as gain a better appreciation of the capabilities of living things. Ultimately, looking at how robots are designed helps us analyze and appreciate the complexity of human and other biological systems.”

Robots + Us encourages visitors of all ages to compare sci-fi fantasies of robots with today’s technical realities and to explore why it’s so hard to build robots to be like humans. Visitors will enjoy directing light-sensitive robots through mazes that they create in the Robot Arena; experimenting with walking machines in the Leg Lab to learn how simple changes in anatomy can affect how they walk and handle obstacles; interacting with Jeremiah, a giant-sized computer-generated character, and discovering the factors that influence his “mood;” and even using their newfound robot smarts and some simple household materials to build jitterbug robots of their own.

Robots + Us is a traveling exhibit, designed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. It originally debuted in February 2004, and is scheduled to visit Science Centers across the United States.

** Note: Admission to the California Science Center and the Robots + Us exhibit is free.

Editors Note: The California Science Center is located at 700 State Drive – Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking at 39th & Figueroa Street. Parking is $6 per car. For general information, call 323-SCIENCE (323-724-3623) or visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.

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