ROBOTFEST

where creativity and technology meet

Saturday

May 9th, 2020
10am-4 pm

New Location!

Kossiakoff Center Lobby
Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

Robot Fest is an annual event for anyone interested in the creative use of technology. We welcome all roboticists, hackers, artists, hobbyists and makers of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics and mechanical parts. Join the fun and excitement with hands-on exhibits, and workshops!

Suggested admission donation: This year we are proud to offer free admission for all!
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Volunteers and new exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Click the link below to fill out a short form telling us why you love robots and how we can make your Robotfest experience is great

Featured Activities

Bomb Squad Robots

Military and Law Enforcement bomb squad robots take a day off their normal duties to have a little fun and show off at Robotfest!

Local Combat Robot League

Learn about a Local Combat Robot League you can JOIN. Learn how to build your own "affordable" Combat Robot that you can use to compete in local Combat events!

Paper Circuit

Create your own Paper Circuit Be Creative - construct a electrical circuit on paper using LEDs and copper foil! By Cibitronics

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Learn to SOLDER a Electronic Circuit! Make your own cool LED RobotFest Wearable Badge that lights up!

Supporters

Exhibitors

A list of just a few of the exhibits you can see at  Robotfest!

The Thread Witch

e-textiles

Sally Byers sewed her first dress at age ten, and never stopped sewing. A few years ago an afternoon workshop with Lynne Bruning on e-textiles added a new and exciting dimension to clothes, and she has been lighting up clothing and hats, both handmade and salvaged, ever since. Experience more of Sally Byers at www.threadwitch.com/.

Baltimore Robotics
Center

Robots!

Hackground

Stem Club

Halloween

Animatronics

Arduinophone Robotic

xylophone

Arduinophone (the programmable robotic bell playing xylophone doorbell.

Jeff Levine, a member of the Baltimore Node hackerspace: I decided I wanted to try to play around with an Arduino board, so I got one along with a stepper & a servo. I didn’t really have any specific project in mind at first, other than maybe something musical, and this is what I came up with for my first project that I wanted to keep very simple with only some basic stepper/servo controlling. I just started lasercutting some parts – servo drives the rack & slide / stepper strikes the xylophone bells. Again, my first Arduino project, just playing around so please don’t be mean with your comments. I’m thinking about hooking it up to my doorbell, so I can change the tune when somebody rings anytime I want (and, yes, I do have too much time on my hands). For kids, though, I think it would be a good fun educational robotics project

STEM

Robots

Thermin Musical

Instruments

Harrison Instruments designs quality theremins using a variety of technologies, and fabricates prototypes for both consumer-direct and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) requirements. The theremin, named for its inventor, Leon Theremin, was introduced in the 1920s as one of the first electronic musical instruments. The owner of the company, Arthur Harrison, oversees the design and production of all Harrison Instruments theremins to provide the highest performance for cost, meeting his personal criteria for rugged, reliable and playable instruments.

Baltimore
Hackerspace

ROBOTS

Robots robots

Solder Workshop

Roboxen

MakerSpace

Chesapeake Arts Center MakerSpace
Build your own ROBOX a cardboard Robot Kit. A simple kid friendly robot that you get to build and take with you. Learn about the MakerSpace and how you can get involved. Robot builders of all ages can come a build a simple little robot out of card board

SDYI

Synth Music

Electronic Music & sound effects provided by Logan Mitchell Sr. of the Baltimore SDIY Group: The Baltimore SDIY Group.

Bomb
Squad

MD Police

See a demo of the Bomb Robot used by the Maryland State Police Bomb Squad.

Circuits

On Paper

Explore your creative side by building artistic Paper Circuits using LEDs, copper foil, and a battery.

Light

Painting

Baltimore
NODE

Hackerspace

The Baltimore Node is a member-run hackerspace where people can hack, craft, and make interesting things in a supportive and collaborative environment. This year we’re bringing back the popular compressed air rocket launcher to shoot paper cardboard tube rockets and nerf darts. We’ll also bring a 3D printer makerbot and also a stormtrooper. The Node sponsors regular workshops and events on a broad range of topics. Come find us at 120 W North Avenue in Baltimore or online at baltimorenode.org.

Robot

School Team

Robot Club/team of St. Philip Neri School

Unaallocated
Space

Hackerspace

Don’t forget to visit us! We will be more than happy to tell you about the exciting things we do! The Unallocated Space will have a variety of friendly demonstrations and FREE projects for all ages! We will also be raffling an exciting kid friendly Electronic Project Kit for $1 donation per ticket. All proceeds will be split with the National Electronics Museum and Unallocated Space
unallocatedspace.org  

Wortman

Makers

Laser cutting, vacuum forming, 3d printing, embroidery machine, robotics/microcontrollers. We are a family of Makers. At our booth, you will see the mom with her Husquvarna Viking Topaz 20 Embroidery Machine that makes fashion paper dolls; the son with his Afinia 3D printer, which will be making a Robot Whistle army; and the electronics enthusiast dad with his microcontroller robots and blinking LED projects.

Wortman Ware Etsy Shop

MD3E

Music

MD3E (Maryland Electronic, Experimental, and Electroacoustic) is an informal confluence of people interested in promoting experimental music in the D.C. / Baltimore area. our primary mission, in fact, incorporates the support of N.E.M. at the yearly “Electronica-fest” event which we have curated for the last 6 years. Our vision is the music and community.

Synthesized

Music

MICA student, Katey Noone is an Interactive Arts Major with a Sound Concentration. Noone builds interactive installations and tools along with  soundscapes that audiences can experience in a range of modalities.

Kossiakoff Center Lobby
11100 Johns Hopkins Road

From BWI, follow the directions:

Take I-95 South
Take Exit 38 B to MD-32 West to Columbia. Stay in the middle lane.
Take Exit 16 B to US-29 South.
Take Exit 15. Stay on the right.

Do NOT take the first right (Montpelier Rd). Instead, pass the traffic light and stay on the right lane. Pass the bank (BBT then APL Federal Credit Union). Make a right, right after the APL Federal Credit Union and enter the APL campus. There will be a pond to your left. Follow the road and go up (not down) the hill.
At the STOP sign, make a left.
At the next STOP sign, make a right.

The visitor parking are the first two rows on your right. Go and park there.Once parked, walk to the APL Credit Union (next to Lobby 7 on the map below) but do not enter the building. Instead take the door to the right of it. You’ll see a long row of engraved glass. It’s straight from there.