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WANTED: Movies starring robots

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Robots taking the place of human actors sounds like the plot of a Sci-Fi Hollywood blockbuster. This summer, however, it is a mission that several Douglas County students will take on.
 
They are participating in the Robot Movie Challenge created by Ameribotics. The Douglas County-based robotics nonprofit is encouraging kids to create stop-motion animation videos and other types of creative videos starring robots. 
 
“It's something I've been working on for a couple of years now,” explained Ameribotics Executive Director Randy Menzer.
 
The winning movies will be showcased during a special movie night at the Alamo theater in Aspen Grove Shopping Center. Last year, Ameribotics coordinated a robot dance competition at the theater.
 
Organizers say they’ll accept videos from anyone in the world of any age, but they are focused on Douglas County School District students, because the challenge will help prepare them for the “Robots in Movies” category of the International Robot Olympiad, which is being hosted for the first time ever in the United States. Ameribotics won the bit to host the Olympiad at the Colorado Convention Center in December.
 
Robot Movie Challenge
When: July 9th 
Where: Alamo at Aspen Grove Shopping Center
Theme: Robots vs. Monsters
 
Ameribotics is coordinating several camps in advance to help kids get ready for the Challenge:
 
- Highlands Ranch (June 3-7, and July 8-12)
- Littleton at the Alamo (June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28)
- Parker at Deep Space (Mondays, beginning June 3)
- Castle Rock at the Ameribotics kids lab (Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
 
For more information go to www.ameribotics.org
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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