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A young Nebraskan gets hands-on with a robotic arm while visiting the Strategic Air and Space Museum.

A “robot uprising”—in awareness

A “robot take-over” in Nebraska? It’s actually more like a partnership, with a showcase of technology—and Nebraska versions of it—featured at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland.

The museum hosts ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition—until January 6, 2013. Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and built by Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), the exhibit is based on the Twentieth Century Fox movie, ROBOTS—which depicts a world populated entirely by mechanical beings, including genius inventor Rodney Copperbottom and his friends, the Rusties.

The Museum has also partnered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium to present a complimentary exhibit, Innovations: Inside Nebraska Robotics, with cutting edge robotics research and development from these campuses of the University of Nebraska.

“It is great to showcase the world-class work of UNL engineering students, and our strong collaboration with UNMC in research and education,” said UNL Mechanical & Materials Engineering Professor Shane Farritor. “We’re also excited to show our robots to young Nebraskans who might be considering STEM fields. We need to build more excitement in STEM areas and prepare young Nebraskans as strong engineers.”

Museum visitors can become a Robotic Explorer in deep space, underwater or on the surface of Mars. Another feature, Build-A-Wonder-Bot, offers robotic help with daily chores. Visitors can also try maneuvering robotic arms similar to Industrial Robots. And a Future of Robots display offers further possibilities to re-shape our world.

The Strategic Air & Space Museum, located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space to ignite the thrill of discovery and innovation in guests of all ages. Learn more at




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