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First-ever Robot Film Festival, Kids Edition coming to Pittsburgh next weekend

October30/ 2015

The first-ever Robot Film Festival, Kids Edition! will take place Saturday morning, Nov. 4th, at RowHouse Cinemas in Lawrenceville. Opening with a performance by a robot comedian, the 10:30 a.m. to noon event will feature short film screenings, live demos, a costume contest and the chance to interact with locally-made robots. Screenings will include short films from the Robot Film Festival’s past five years, hand-picked for this crowd by roboticist Heather Knight.

The event will take place at Row House Cinema, a few short blocks from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, the location from which President Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative in 2011.  Pittsburgh is home to the Robot Hall of Fame, dozens of robotics startups and research groups, and tons of talented kids and technology enthusiasts.

This marks the fifth year for the Robot Film Festival, but the first time they’ve done a kids’ edition.  An annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance, the festival features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony. It’s the festival’s first year in Pittsburgh.

For more information, or to get tickets to the Robot Film Festival, Kids Edition visit their website here.

This article originally appeared in Remake Learning, one of Kidsburgh’s community partners. Remake Learning reports on the people, organizations and ideas shaping the future of teaching and learning in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Featured image courtesy Robot Film Festival.