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Chevron To Unveil New Robotic Dog at MBMS Expo

Mar 01, 2023 10:50PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Spot 2.0. Photo via Chevron.

Who's a good boy? A special yellow dog named Spot 2.0, that's for sure.

Spot 2.0, Chevron's newest robotic dog, is set to make his debut tonight at a family-friendly STEM expo at Manhattan Beach Middle School from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The cyborg canine Spot 2.0 has a camera for a head that has been programmed to perform routine operator duties and provide real-time facility scans of the Chevron refinery. Chevron employees can “bark” orders at Spot from remote locations, instructing him to open a door or zoom into a particular area. This capability ensures that roughly 30,000 connected Chevron workers using its operational technology systems have real-time access to field data, whether they’re working on the other side of town or on the other side of the world.

Chevron is a sponsor of tonight's STEM expo, along with the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation and MBUSD.

“Chevron’s STEM education support has never been stronger nor more in need,” said Fredrick Walker, refinery director at Chevron’s El Segundo facility. “Events such as the MBMS STEM Expo will continue to inspire the next generation of innovators to help meet the world’s energy needs, and we couldn’t be prouder of this education partnership.”

In addition to meeting Spot 2.0, visitors to tonight's expo will be able to get an up-close look at Chevron’s fleet of drones that it uses at its refinery, its augmented reality technology, and other breakthrough gadgets.

Other expo attractions will include interactive exhibits by Two Bit Circus, marine biology activities from the Roundhouse Aquarium, demonstrations from MBMS STEM-based classes and clubs, and a look at how NITROPOD liquid nitrogen ice cream is made. (The ice cream will be available for sale at the event.)

“The MBMS STEM Expo presented by Chevron is a fun-filled family event with exclusive opportunities for our students to invent, create and build,” said Hilary Mahan, executive director of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. “Our foundation has dedicated funds to so many important initiatives in MBUSD, so we are grateful for Chevron and all our partners for creating opportunities for even our youngest students to explore the vast world of STEM. We firmly believe that for our community, state and country to retain a position at the forefront of scientific innovation, events such as the STEM Expo are critical.”

The STEM Expo is free and open to the public.

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