Contact: John McCarthy, Treasurer, Riverside Robotics Society
(909) 263-0454 http://www.meetup.com/The-Riverside-Robotics-Society/
(Riverside, CA) Robots and Star Wars are coming to Riverside!
On Saturday, October 11, robot enthusiasts and Star Wars fans from across Southern California are attending the Riverside Robot Expo & Star Wars Reads Day 2014 to see a display of remarkable creations and celebrate reading. More than 2,000 are expected to attend.
The 6th Annual Robot Expo, sponsored by the Riverside Robotics Society will be held from 10 am to 4pm at the Woodcrest Community Library, 16625 Krameria in Riverside. Admission and parking is free. The event features 100+ robots on display and 25 exhibitors.
Surrounded by life size replicas of R2D2 and C3PO from Star Wars, this year’s expo features a Lost in Space robot, two local FIRST Teams, and the Inland Empire Saber Team according to John McCarthy, Treasurer of the Robotics Society. “But this year we are excited to hold the Expo on Star Wars Reading Day!” he said.
McCarthy is a Star Wars and robotics fan which attracted him to the Riverside Robotics Society, a chapter of the Southern California Robotics Society. “Star Wars brought us famous robots like R2D2 and C3PO,” he said. “By hosting the Riverside Robotics Expo on Star Wars Reading Day, our goal is to inspire young people to become avid readers if not scientists and engineers.”
This year is the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners. The event celebrates reading and Star Wars. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Read Day events across North America and around the world. Disney publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic and Workman publishing.
Members of the Riverside Robotics Society are a mix of young adults and older who are interested in robotics and membership is open to everyone.