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15 August, 2013 - 09:17 By News Desk

Control a robot challenge in Cambridge

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One of the world’s most influential educators in hi-tech science and engineering is putting advanced robot technology under the spotlight in Cambridge workshops starting this weekend.

MathWorks, whose UK headquarters is at Cambridge Business Park, is staging two events at Cambridge Science Centre on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 25 to showcase robotics.

With its global HQ in Massachusetts, MathWorks is a leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists; founded in 1984, MathWorks now employs 2,800 people in 15 countries.

Saturday’s demonstration (11am-noon) is part of Cambridge Science Centre’s Build It! programme. MathWorks’ ‘Meet the Innovators’ workshop explores control systems and the role they play in engineering today – for example, making a quadrocopter fly in a straight line or controlling the behaviour of a robot. Then on August 25 (10.15am-12.15pm) – also at the Science Centre in Jesus Lane, Cambridge – MathWorks is hosting a ‘Robo-Club’ workshop giving participants the opportunity to get hands-on experience of controlling a robot and experimenting with the control systems to make it perform a series of tasks. The sessions are open to people of all ages and provide an opportunity to learn and experiment with systems to control robots.

Dr Tanya Morton, application engineering manager at MathWorks UK, said: “Initiatives like ‘Build It!’ give people of all ages hands-on experience and the opportunity to solve real-world engineering and scientific problems in a fun and accessible environment.

“We are committed to getting more people involved in STEM subjects and investing in the skills of the UK’s future scientists and engineers. The Cambridge Science Centre is the perfect environment to showcase inspiring technology and concepts used in industry.”

Dr Chris Lennard, CEO at Cambridge Science Centre added: “Support from local hi-tech companies such as MathWorks helps us get families and children really excited about science.

“MathWorks robotic engineering shows and workshops, part of the Cambridge Science Centre ‘Build It!’ summer programme, give visitors a first-hand experience of working with technology. Experiences like these will help inspire the next generation to be part of the incredible evolution in robotic technology.”

For more information, visit:  http://www.cambridgesciencecentre.org/whats-on/exhibitions/build-it/

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