Robots Day invades Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Visitors to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History got up close with real robots Saturday. The Atlanta museum event investigated artificial intelligence. Youths enjoyed crafts, activities and demonstrations with local robotics groups. Robots don't have to be super-high-tech. Kids made robot arms from ice pop sticks. Photos by Steve Schaefer / For the AJC

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History had some high-tech fun on Saturday with Robots Day.

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People walk from station to station learning about robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

People walk from station to station learning about robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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People walk from station to station learning about robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Visitors were able to investigate how intelligent machines are advancing science, medicine, commerce, human collaboration and more with local robotics groups.

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Nichelle Mathur, director of Robotic Explorers, teaches kids how to program robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Nichelle Mathur, director of Robotic Explorers, teaches kids how to program robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Nichelle Mathur, director of Robotic Explorers, teaches kids how to program robots during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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Anna Pena, 2, works on assembling a robot arm she is constructing from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Anna Pena, 2,  works on assembling a robot arm she is constructing from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Anna Pena, 2, works on assembling a robot arm she is constructing from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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Youths gather around a table and grab items using robot arms they made from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Youths gather around a table and grab items using robot arms they made from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Youths gather around a table and grab items using robot arms they made from Popsicle sticks during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Activities included a building station led by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to create a functioning robot arm that can reach and grip.

Crafts, activities and demonstrations with local robotics groups were among the day of fun at the Atlanta museum.

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Andrew Kelly looks over some robots with his two girls Joelle and Everett during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Andrew Kelly looks over some robots with his two girls Joelle and Everett during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Andrew Kelly looks over some robots with his two girls Joelle and Everett during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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Kyle Hunt and his two daughters Ras (center) and Emersyn try to get a robot’s attention during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Kyle Hunt and his two daughters Ras (center) and Emersyn try to get a robot’s attention during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Kyle Hunt and his two daughters Ras (center) and Emersyn try to get a robot’s attention during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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Liam Saia, 1, takes a break from working on robots to pose for a photograph featuring dinosaurs during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Liam Saia, 1,  takes a break from working on robots to pose for a photograph featuring dinosaurs during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
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Liam Saia, 1, takes a break from working on robots to pose for a photograph featuring dinosaurs during Robots Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer