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Release Date: February 12,2016

'Robot Invasion' at Hampton History Museum

, 13News Now 12:39 p.m. EST February 11, 2016


HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Brace for a Robot Invasion this weekend!

The Hampton History Museum is holding an event in which you and your kids can learn hands-on how robots have impacted our lives.

Sylvan Learning Center will lead a special hands-on activity with Legos, where budding robotics engineers can build a pair of dancing birds or compete with friends to see who can program their soccer robot to kick the most goals.

Robotics teacher Pennie Brown, leader of Phenix PK-8 School's Robotics Club and adjunct with the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, will bring several Lego Mindstorms robots to demonstrate a variety of capabilities that include remote control, launching projectiles, ground movement, ultrasonic sensing, and sounds. By trying simple robotic activities, visitors will experience controlling the robots themselves, robot functions and the basics in programing.

Donald Williams and students from Phoebus High School's award-winning Robotics Team Phantom Mentalists will bring their robots to demonstrate their many varied functions, and talk to youngsters about how they became interested in the field.

Hampton History Museum volunteers will lead a robot-themed Valentine's Day card-making activity while discussing robot history, facts, and trivia. Materials supplied will be ready-made to create famous robots including The Jetsons family's robot maid Rosie, Futurama's Bender, and Star Wars' R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8.

Family activities are free of charge and take place in the museum's Great Hall and courtyard continuously from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission to the museum galleries is a special $3.00 per person reduced rate on 2nd Saturdays.

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1610, visit, or follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter @HamptonHistoryM.