September 27: Robots, Technology, and Disaster Recovery

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Join the Koshland Science Museum for special hands-on activities and demonstrations highlighting how communities are using robots and technology for disaster preparedness and recovery:
  • Neil Suri, a 6th grade student at Hunters Woods Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, will demonstrate an Android application that he developed to promote resilience before, during, and after a hurricane. He is also working on a way for devices to communicate with satellites, even when power has been knocked out. Neil loves science and enjoys reading books. He has been part of his school’s robotics team for two years.
  • 6th grade students from the robotics team at the Maret School in Washington, D.C., will bring robots that they have built and explain why teamwork is important for achieving their goals. Get a sneak peek of what they are planning for this year’s school competition.
  • FEMA Corps team members will walk you through how to download and access FEMA apps and hand out materials to help you prepare for natural disasters and protect your critical documents and valuables.
  • The founders of Little Arms Studios in Northern Virginia will demo a fire and rescue training simulation called I.V.I.S. that they are developing for Fairfax County Fire & Rescue. They began work on this simulation as recent graduates of George Mason University, where they are part of the Serious Game Institute incubator. 
  • Volunteers from the American Red Cross, National Capital Region, will highlight their latest apps and show how you and your community can leverage these resources in times of emergency. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., they will teach you what to do before, during and after a disaster through a variety of games such as Emergency Bingo and a matching game.
  • Major Chris Orlowski from DARPA will demonstrate small unmanned robots that are used for disaster recovery. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.
There is no charge for admission. Everyone is welcome, including families, community groups, and others interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Reservations are recommended for groups of ten or more so that we can accommodate your needs. Complete a Group Visit Request Form.  
This event is an official activity of America's PrepareAthon!, a community-based preparedness campaign coordinated by FEMA. September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day. Be smart. Take part. Prepare.
Photo: Last year, Neil Suri (left, in an orange shirt) attended an event at the Koshland about resilience in your neighborhood. This year, he will share his work on resilience with the community.