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Spelman College Partners with the Atlanta Science Festival to Present SpelBots Day March 22

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Audrey Arthur
(404) 270-5892 (office)
Twitter: @SpelmanMedia

The College will also host a STEM panel discussion and networking event

ATLANTA (March 17, 2014) -- The Spelman College SpelBots robotics team will kick off recognition of its 10th anniversary with SpelBots Day on March 22, 2014. SpelBots Day, held in partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival, is aimed at students in grades K-12 and their parents.  The event will offer the next generation of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders an opportunity to experience first-hand the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The day’s activities will include an interactive demonstration with NXT and NAO humanoid robots and breakout sessions with hands-on activities and a Q&A with the SpelBots. There will also be a live programming demonstration of a self-driving robotic car.

In 2005, the SpelBots became the first all-female, all African-American undergraduate team to qualify and compete in the International RoboCup soccer competition.  The 2013-2014 SpelBots team has qualified for the 2014 RoboCup set to take place in Brazil in July 2014. The team made history when they tied for first place in the RoboCup Japan 2009 Standard Platform League Nao League Humanoid Soccer Championship.

SpelBots Day is free and open to the public. Seats are limited and registration is required. To register, click here. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

For more information, visit www.spelman.edu or call (404) 270-5820.


Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Spelman College
Cosby Academic Center
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

The goal of the SpelBots is to encourage students and young women of African descent to explore robotics and computer science and pursue STEM or science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of study in college.

In addition to SpelBots Day, Spelman College is partnering with the Atlanta Science Festival to present a networking event and TED-style talk about women in technology. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (404) 270-5819.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6 p.m.

360° Networking Event
Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center, Lobby
This networking event brings together educators, students, and industry professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to connect and exchange resources that foster science and technology exploration.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Women Advancing Science and Technology

Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center, NASA Auditorium
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Spelman College is hosting a panel discussion about the contributions of women to the fields of science and engineering. Panelists include the co-founders of Techturized, Candace Mitchell and Chanel Martin; Jazette Johnson, co-captain of the SpelBots; Noreen Raines, founder of Big Thinkers Science Exploration; and Cynthia Parks, founding partner of Parks IP Law.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway Producer Alia Jones, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Author Pearl Cleage and Actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About the Atlanta Science Festival
The first event of its kind in the metro area, the Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology that culminates with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park. Scientists, experts and educators from local schools, colleges, universities, museums, and corporations will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances at venues across the city. Our mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our lives today, share the impact they have on our community, and inspire us all to wonder about our future. The Festival, which runs March 22-29, 2014, is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org or call (770) 322-4992.
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