Sunday, March 3, 2013

Science on Screen Series at the State Theatre: Robot and Frank on March 10

For my Modesto region readers, I would like to encourage you to consider an interesting movie-going experience, our Science on Screen Series. The State Theatre is a nicely renovated 1930s era movie house. Three more films remain in the series, over the next four months.  I'll be hosting the film Jurassic Park in May! Read on for information about next Sunday's movie:  
Science On Screen presents
Robot & Frank
Sun. March 10 at 3 p.m.

(PG-13) 1 Hr. 29 Min. In English

Science On Screen, a pioneering program pairing Hollywood films with presentations by notable experts from the world of science, technology, mathematics and medicine, was made possible through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Robot and Frank, and the accompanying presentation by Doctor Kevin Gucwa, is the second in a four-program series being presented by The State from January through May, 2013.

Film: Robot & Frank starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon, Robot & Frank is an offbeat buddy movie about an elderly ex-jewel thief and his new caretaker robot.

Speaker: Kevin Gucwa, Ph.D. -- Turning Fictional Robotics Into Reality
Doctor Gucwa is Director Assistant at the UC Davis C-STEM Center, a program designed to improve computing, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in K-14 education. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on robotics.

Community Partners: Program co-sponsor Doctors Medical Center will display and demonstrate its da Vinci surgical robot, and the Beyer High School Engineering and Robotics Pathway students will be on hand with their own student-designed, award-winning robots Attendees will have a chance to enter a raffle for mini bots, tiny robots made from the heads of toothbrushe

Doors at 2 p.m.; presentation and film 3 p.m.
(Q&A following the film)

For online ticket sales got to To purchase your tickets by phone, call the State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation. The State Theatre is at 1307 J Street in downtown Modesto.

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