Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

Electric Autos on Parade”
September 18, 2018 at 7:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

Last winter’s program on electric autos sparked so much interest that we decided to do it again, but bigger and better. If you missed that program or didn’t  get a careful look at all the cars – it was  chilly March night, after all  – here’s an opportunity to see the future up close, really close. We celebrate a technology that promises better and yes, cheaper transportation (no oil changes and very few repairs, for example) but that will also go a long way toward ending our addiction to fossil fuels. Obvious winners!


Biomimicry: How Animals Can Shape Our High Tech Future
October 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 Animals face many of the same problems that robots do – uneven terrain, sand, and complex fluid flows – and have evolved novel and clever solutions to those problems.  Henry Astley, a professor of biomimicry at the University of Akron, will explain how engineers  use principles of animal locomotion and biomechanics to improve the operations of robots. By studying how animals move and how they control their movement humans can apply that knowledge to machines. Join us for this and intriguing exploration of new technology.


Member Slide Show
November 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 Once again you have an opportunity to impress fellow Sierrans with your recent adventures. Bring a cd, a thumb drive, or a memory stick (Windows or Mac) with a few choice photos, and tell us what was distinctive, exciting, or simply restful about your activities! We’ll provide the projector, laptop, and screen. If you’ve been staying close to home, you can travel vicariously with other members. Always interesting and revealing.


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