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What is BAIRS?BAIRS stands for Bellingham Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Society. It is a Washington State non-profit cooperation that was formed in 2004. BAIRS is open to the citizens of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
BAIRS meets on the third Sunday of each month during the regular academic year, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in room 420, which is located in the Communications Facility Building on the Western Washington University Campus. The Society was founded by Dr. Jianna Zhang, Terry Harmer, Aaron Lebovitz, and Natasa Lazetic. The board of directors is formed by university professors, citizens of Whatcom County, high school and elementary school representatives, and students.
What happens at a BAIRS meeting?The first hour of a BAIRS meeting is devoted to demonstrations from the members and visiting guests. These demos have free form including but not limited to hardware, software, ideas, plans, building materials, trouble shooting, interesting robots from the Internet, discussions, or ongoing projects.
In the second hour, club members split into interest groups, either to discuss the presentation, share projects or try their hands working on building new projects. The club provides several Lego Mindstorms building sets for member use during the meeting.
Who should come to BAIRS?Anyone who wants to share their experiences with robotics, artificial intelligence, or simply wants to build a robot. We have a diverse group from young novices to knowledgeable professionals. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a parent to supervise. For grade school-age children, parental involvement is highly recommended.
Can children come to BAIRS?YES! Robotics is a great way for kids to build on math, logic, engineering, science and team work skills. Children in 3rd grade and higher are well suited to begin learning how robots and computers work together. Younger children are welcome, but need a great deal supervision and direction from parents. Parental involvement is very important.
BAIRS also organize Junior BAIRS groups all over the County. We send experienced students to these groups to help and direct the learning. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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