2011 4-H Science Sleepover
April 12, 2012
On September 16th and 17th, Bradley University hosted the 2011 4-H Science Sleepover, which is a community outreach program sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension. Fifty-eight girls in 4th through 6th grade visited from Fulton, Marshall-Putnam, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. They spent the night at Bradley doing hands-on activities related to chemistry, dietetics, engineering, physics, and robotics.
Matt Tennyson coordinated robotics and artificial intelligence workshops. The girls observed and interacted with several different types of robots; they varied from the Femisapien, Robosapien and Mini Tribot to ZhuZhu pets and Leap Frog’s My Pal Scout. The girls then discussed the functionality and “intelligence” of each robot, and then ranked them based upon their observations. The Femisapien was by far the most intelligent. It has the ability to remember, learn, speak and has several sensors which mimic the human senses of sight, touch, and hearing. Several of the girls noted that they like the fact that the “girl robot” was the smartest.
The workshops were successful because of the help of the following Bradley student volunteers; Sarah Fields, Nathan Green, Ethan Hill, Chris Lange, Neha Tare, Kyle Silverthorn, and Nicole Werling!