Mason Innovation Week Presented by FESTO
In celebration of the City of Mason’s Bicentennial, Festo will partner with education providers, businesses and the community for Mason Innovation Week, which is designed to educate and inspire students of all ages to take interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and career paths. Throughout this week, Festo will demonstrate two bio-inspired projects from its Bionic Learning Network to showcase how principles from nature provide inspiration for technical applications and industrial practice. The University of Cincinnati, Sinclair Community College, City of Mason Schools, and Kings Local Schools will collaborate as strategic partners. As part of the City of Mason’s commitment to promote the growth of advanced technology, bioscience and talent attraction, Mason Innovation Week promises to be an enriching experience for our entire community.
The BionicOpter is modeled after the dragonfly. Weighing only 175 grams (approx. 6 oz), it can master the dragonfly’s highly complex flight maneuvers including hovering mid-air and flying in all directions. Technically speaking, Festo has created an ultra-lightweight flying object that can master the flight capabilities of a helicopter, airplane and glider combined.
Learn more about the BionicOpter here.
Inspired by the herring gull, SmartBird is an engineering marvel that demonstrates how nature provides new inspiration for advanced automation technology. Made of carbon fiber and polyurethane foam, the SmartBird only weighs 450 grams (approx. 1 lb) and has a wing span of two meters (approx. 6.5 feet). It can start, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism.
Learn more about the SmartBird here.
See Festo's SmartBird TED Talk here.
Demonstration Live Streaming
Festo, the City of Mason and its education partners invite students of the region to be a part of a series of bionic robot demonstrations, informational presentations and interactive experiences. Due to space limitations, Mason Innovation Week is an invitation-only event and seeks to expose students to these immersive experiences to foster STEM education. However, the public is invited to tune in to a livestream broadcast of Mason Innovation Week events.
View the Mason Innovation Week highlight reel here.
For the City of Mason, public and private entities working as one is what turns a strong business environment into an advanced ecosystem where our collective strengths remove barriers and build new foundations. With more than $500 million in new investment and more than 2,100 new jobs in 2015, the City’s focus on growing the bioscience and technology sectors has resulted in 80 percent of new job growth in these industries. As a global leader in automation technology and a world market leader in industrial training and education, Festo will continue to excel and advance the City’s growth in this specialized sector.
Festo and the City of Mason have formed a strong public-private partnership which supports community education, fosters an interest in STEM education and brings economic benefits to the technology ecosystem already present in the City and region. Festo broke ground in the City of Mason in 2013 on Innovation Way, adding to the City’s bioscience and biotechnology hub. Festo will open doors in early 2016, bringing more than 250 jobs to the City along with leading technology and industrial innovations.
Festo and the City of Mason have formed a strong public-private partnership which supports community education, fosters an interest in STEM education and brings economic benefits to the technology ecosystem already present in the City and region. Festo broke ground in the City of Mason in 2013 on Columbia Way, adding to the City’s bioscience and biotechnology hub. Festo will open doors in early 2016, bringing more than 250 jobs to the City along with leading technology and industrial innovations.