'Rock Your Robot' science fair set for Saturday in Lakewood Ranch

'Rock Your Robot' contest highlights LWR science fair

srocco@bradenton.comJanuary 9, 2014 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Greenbrook Adventure Park will be home to an outdoors, hands-on science fair for children of all ages.

The Rock Your Robot Science Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, will feature science and math activities sponsored by area schools, a DJ and a giant 36-foot space shuttle slide.

Students can enter a robot costume contest with prizes for the top three robots. Local robot CP20 will be romping around the dance floor to teach new moves.

Manatee School for the Arts, one of the schools providing activities, is planning to teach students how to calculate speed using toy cars, a race track and a basic equation: distance traveled divided by time traveled.

"There's so many science concepts involved with racing, and it really gets them excited about science. They're engaged, they're doing science," said eighth-grade science teacher Diane Wallin.

Manatee School for the Arts is known for science classes that involve go-cart racing: science of motorsports for the eighth-graders, physics of motorsports for the high schoolers. Students spend class time at the Anderson RacePark in Palmetto.

Last year's science fair at the Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill on a weekday night drew low attendance. Event organizer Lori Basilone, director of community activities for Lakewood Ranch, said she hopes holding the fair on a weekend outside in the park will draw more visitors.

"We really hope the families and children come out and show how interested they are," she said.

Admission is free; with vendors onsite for food and beverages.

Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow@sabrinarocco on Twitter.

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