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Robot Show

Date: 12/14/2009

Time: 2:40 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

Cost: Free


An automated strumming guitar, a gumball amusement park, and robotic dancing frogs will be among the more than 200 student-designed robots on display at the University of Minnesota Robot Show. The walk-through show is the largest collection of robots assembled in one place in the Twin Cities.

The event is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages.

The show is the culmination of six weeks of work for University of Minnesota engineering students who created computer-controlled machines that “do something interesting.” Students received a kit of parts, including the computer, and could add no more than $30 worth of their own materials.

The robots must act for no more than 60 seconds and have at least one moving part, but it is up to the students whether the unique machines do something useful -- such as crushing pop cans or cleaning gutters -- or exist solely to amuse and delight -- like a computer-controlled xylophone.


  • Name: Will Durfee
  • E-mail: wkdurfee@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-0099
  • Sponsored by: Institute of Technology


 For parking information visit: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/McNamaraCt/

More information: http://www.me.umn.edu/courses/me2011/robot/public.html

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Professor Will Durfee, Mechanical Engineering, wkdurfee@umn.edu, 612-625-0099.

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