ROBOTS LIVE COMES TO LEEDS! - Friday, 6 July 2012

The UK’s most spectacular robotic show – Robots Live! – arrives at the Royal Armouries Museum later this month as the highlight of our first-ever Robot Weekend (July 21 and 22).

Experience the likes of Behemoth, Big Nipper, Terror Hurtz and Storm II thundering around the arena in this action-packed live show, formed as a spin-off from the hit TV show Robot Wars. Enjoy shows on Sunday only, at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm – pre booking highly recommended.

Also see Star Wars’ actor Kenny Baker– of R2D2 fame – make a personal appearance on the Saturday, followed by photo opportunities with the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers.

These will be just some of the highlights when robot nuts and techno-heads of all ages invade the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the chance to play, build, explore and have a go.

Or on a more serious note, explore the ethics of using robots as weapons of war – and discover career opportunities within the robotics industry.

Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “This promises to be a really exciting weekend, and a huge hit with both robot fans and families looking for a unique day out. The Robots Live show has had great reviews, and is guaranteed to thrill audiences.”

The Robots weekend is the first of three special themed weekends at the museum this summer – followed by War Games (August 4 and 5) and Tournament Jousting (August 25, 26 and 27). Museum entry is free but charges apply for the Robots Live show (£5 adults, £3 under 16s).

For the full programme and to book tickets for special events, visit

Other highlights include:

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS ROBOTICS DEPARTMENT – Meet the experts behind the amazing Wormbot and find out about the science of robotics. Both days.

*SKELETRONS *– Meet Skeletron, a cheeky, full-sized humanoid robot. Sunday only.

KONAMI – Free playable demo pods from the cutting-edge producer and publisher of video and computer games for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Plus demos of Konami Metal Gear Solid and other games. Both days.

HONDA ASIMO – Film show and information about the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. Both days.

CAREERS IN THE ROBOTICS INDUSTRY – Join Ian Robertson, University of Leeds and find about working in the robotics industry. Saturday 1-2pm.

TALKETHICS OF ROBOTS IN WAR – Noel Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield, followed by a discussion panel featuring Noel, Jamie Sefton (Game Republic) and Trevor Weston from the National Firearms Centre. Saturday 12noon to 1pm.

MUSEUM DISPLAYS – Displays and characters from your favourite games and films – including Alien vs Predator, Konami Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake, Iron Man (replica suit), plus real and fantasy weapons featured in the best-selling video games. Both days.

FILMSMILITARY ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE OF WAR – In this powerful TED Talk video, American political scientist, P W Singer, shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction that now may not be so fictitious. Both days.

WALL-E (U) – In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios). Both days.

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