Meet Kelvin, NCSF spokesbot

North Carolina Science Festival has its own mascot: a robot named Kelvin! Well, actually Kelvin is a spokesbot — his mission is to be an ambassador for the Festival and to help kids explore all the fun in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM).

Curious about Kelvin? Here’s a behind-the-bolts peek at his life:

Birthday:  September 25, 2010 (Kelvin shares his name with the Kelvin scale of temperature, in which the zero point is “absolute zero” — the temperature at which all thermal motion ceases. On the Kelvin scale, water freezes at 273.15K and boils at 373.15K!)

Favorite Foods: bolts, batteries, microchips and barbecue!

Favorite Music: techno, of course

Most Wants To Meet:  WALL-E

Science Heroes (each with a North Carolina connection!):

  • Dr. Oliver Smithies, geneticist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Mae Jemison, physicist and astronaut
  • H.H. Brimley, zoologist and co-founder of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Rachel Carson, marine biologist and conservationist

Favorite Subjects: marine sciences and geology

Pet Peeve:  software updates

Hobbies:  Kelvin loves watching NASCAR. The races are fast, exciting and a great source of spare parts! Science and engineering make the cars go around the track at lightning speed. Kelvin also enjoys SCUBA diving and exploring the shipwrecks of the Outer Banks, but he has to be careful to clean off the salt water so his joints won’t rust. Next on his list: spelunking!

Best Friend: Kelvin’s best friend is his pet dinosaur, Pleo. Of course, Pleo isn’t a real dinosaur (those are extinct, as you know). Pleo is actually a high-tech robot pet, built to look and act like a baby Camarasaurus. Pleo likes to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to see his huge dino cousins!

Kelvin visits NASA's Ellen Stofan

NCSF’s mascot, Kelvin the Robot, visits with Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA, before the launch of MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) in November 2013. Photo by Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador.

Click here to download a coloring page of Kelvin exploring space in his own rocket!