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Cal U and Carnegie Science Center Partner for Robotics Education

Cal U will provide educational programming in Science Center's new robotics exhibition

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (April 13, 2009)

California University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh's North Shore have announced a partnership to provide educational programming in roboworldTM, the Science Center's new permanent robotics exhibition opening June 13, 2009.

The $3.475 million exhibition will include more than 30 interactive, hands-on exhibit stations designed to demonstrate how robots sense, think, and act. Upon opening, the 6,000-square-foot exhibition will be the world's largest and most comprehensive permanent robotics exhibition.

California University, which is launching an associate degree program in Robotics Engineering Technology this fall, will present "Cal U Saturdays," weekend programs in the exhibition's Robot Workshop, a dedicated space within roboworldTM allowing visitors a more in-depth, guided robotics experience.

The University also will sponsor the Science Center's 2009 Science Summer Camps, and Cal U undergraduates will have the opportunity for internships at the Science Center, where they will participate in the maintenance and repair of exhibits and robots in roboworldTM.

"This is truly a world-class partnership," said California University President Angelo Armenti, Jr. "Visitors to the roboworldTM exhibition will get a comprehensive look at how robotics plays a role in so many facets of our lives.

"Cal U is a leader in training technicians to work in the fast-growing robotics industry, and we are pleased to support Carnegie Science Center as it explores and explains this fascinating topic."

In keeping with its commitment to teacher education, Cal U will sponsor the roboworldTM Educator Preview on June 9 at the Science Center. The pre-opening event will preview the robotics exhibition for southwestern Pennsylvania teachers, including alumni from Cal U's College of Education and Human Services and Eberly College of Science and Technology.

"We are grateful and fortunate to have strong partners like Cal U involved in the development and programming of roboworldTM," said Science Center co-director Ron Baillie. "Putting college students currently studying robotics in the exhibit to help visitors understand this complex topic is a win-win for both the Science Center and Cal U. Our visitors have access to Cal U students working in robotics, and Cal U students gain the experience of presenting their current work and research to the public."

California University of Pennsylvania is home to the third-largest technology education program in the United States. Cal U is taking the lead in robotics education through NCRETE, the National Center for Robotics Engineering Technology Education, which is developing the nation's first two-tier associate and bachelor's degree program in robotics engineering technology. Working in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and its Robotics Institute, the world's largest robotics research organization, Cal U is committed to providing professional development for educators and preparing a regional workforce for both the military and the commercial robotics industry.


About California University of Pennsylvania

With an enrollment of about 8,500 students, Cal U offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 50 graduate programs of study in traditional classroom settings and through its Web-based Global Online program. The campus is located along the Monongahela River, just 35 miles from Pittsburgh.

To schedule a campus visit or learn more about Cal U, visit www.calu.edu.


About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center's goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh's premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

For more information about Carnegie Science Center, contact Mike Marcus, assistant director, Marketing & Community Affairs, at 412-237-1657 or marcusm@carnegiesciencecenter.org