ABB robots will feature prominently at Future Makers, one of the newest and largest permanent exhibits at Science Centre Singapore, designed to celebrate the valuable contributions that engineers have made to shape our lives. Presenting the wonders of engineering and its impact on the real world, two ABB IRB 4600 and two IRB 2600 robotic arms carrying display screens create an immersive multimedia show complete with lights, sounds and motion. ABB’s YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, is also part of the theater, deftly playing a musical keyboard for the audience.
ABB and Science Centre Singapore have shared a close relationship over the past few years in a collaborative effort to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and actively create interest in the field of engineering.
“We are proud to be part of this brilliant, new exhibit and believe our robots will play a part in igniting a passion for technology and engineering. Supporting such innovative educational endeavors will help thousands to develop a deep and early interest in technology and education and in the longer term, to contribute to a future-ready workforce, supporting sustainable, innovation-based economic growth,” said Johan de Villiers, head of ABB in Singapore.
“Science Centre Singapore shares a good working relationship with ABB and we are thankful for their support once again. The Future Makers exhibition aims to provide young adults a glimpse into the minds of engineers and explore the marvels of modern engineering. Through this exhibition, we hope to inspire more youths to make an impact on our future through careers in STEM,” said Assoc Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.
ABB has also been a strong supporter and sponsor of the National Robotics Competition, an inter-school robotics competition organized by Science Centre and supported by the Ministry of Education. It sees thousands of participants aged 8 to 18 every year and the competition is now in its 20th year.
In addition to its Science Centre collaboration, ABB actively works with universities, institutes of education and schools to promote the role and importance of engineering for the future.
Andy Flessas, the inventor of the RoboScreen® entertainment system, is the robotics programmer and designer behind the show setup. ABB has collaborated with Andy in the past and he has helped deploy the system together with ABB robots to great effect aboard several cruise ships and for entertainment shows.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
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