Michigan IT events: Tours and activities

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Michigan IT invites you to get out and learn about technology around campus. Take a break and make time to join Michigan IT to network, socialize, and discover firsthand the technology across the university that drives innovation and helps make U-M leaders and best! There are some fun and interesting events coming up in February and March: the Ford Robotics Building Tour and the Wilson Student Project Center Tour.

Ford Robotics Building Tours

Register today for an opportunity to tour the Ford Robotics Building the centerpiece in robotics research, learning, and collaboration, and home to Michigan Robotics. Select one of two reserved tour dates set aside for members of the Michigan IT community: Friday, February 16 or Friday, March 8. Tours run from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. There is a 20-person capacity limit for each tour so register for the Robotics early.

Tours include these facility highlights:

  • Three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles
  • An outdoor obstacle course for walking robots
  • High-bay garage space for self-driving cars
  • A rehabilitation lab with a Stewart platform, force plates, and dual-tread treadmill
  • A robotics maker space with CNC, 3D printers, soldering irons, and other shop tools
  • An outdoor Mars Yard with imitation martian rocks and soil for testing rovers

Who can participate? Any U-M staff, faculty, or researcher who works with technology, considers themselves a technologist, or appreciates technology can participate in the Michigan IT community.

Tour Location: 2505 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2106; Plan to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out on any part of the tour.

Parking: There is Orange, Blue, and Visitor parking available.

  • NC26 has 82 visitor parking available as well for $2.20/hour.
  • NC53 Orange Lot
  • NC46 Orange Lot
  • NC28 Blue Lot

Take the U-M Bus: 5-minute walk from the FXB stop or Hubbard/Hayward stop on Commuter North, Northwood, Med Express, or North-East Shuttle.

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Wilson Student Project Center Tour

Register for the Wilson Center tour for a special 45-minute tour of the Wilson Student Project Center for members of the Michigan IT community on March 15 beginning at 11 a.m. There is a 30-person capacity limit for this tour.

The Wilson Center is a $10-million facility for design, assembly, machining, electronics, and painting that complements classroom instruction. It provides U-M student teams with 24/7 access to dedicated space where they can collaborate in a critical hands-on design experience and compete in national and international engineering design/build competitions.

Who can participate? Any U-M staff, faculty, or researcher who works with technology, considers themselves a technologist, or appreciates technology can participate in the Michigan IT community.

Tour Location: 2603 Draper, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2101. It is on the eastern side of University of Michigan’s North Campus. Plan to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out on any part of the tour.

Parking: There is Orange, Blue, and Visitor parking available.

  • NC26 has 82 visitor parking available as well for $2.20/hour.
  • NC53 Orange Lot
  • NC46 Orange Lot
  • NC28 Blue Lot

Take the U-M Bus: 5-minute walk from the FXB stop or Hubbard/Hayward stop on Commuter North, Northwood, Med Express, or North-East Shuttle.

Learn more about the upcoming tours and activities you can take part in.

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