National Robotics Week 2017 Events

Thank you to everyone who hosted, promoted, and participated in National Robotics Week 2016! With your continuing help, we had over 300 events for Robo Week. The eighth annual National Robotics Week will be held April 8-16, 2017 and promises to be even bigger! Submit your own event!

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Remember it can be everything from bringing a robot to the library, to a demo at the science center, to a huge robot carnival! We just want to share the excitement of robotics around the US. If you hosted an event for 2016, thanks for joining us and please tell us about your event here.

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Event List

Orange County Regional, University of California, Irvine
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, this is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Watch as student-built-robots compete in the 2017 challenge entitled FIRST STEAMWORKS. How does it work? Each January, high school teams receive a Kit of Parts comprised of donated items and components worth tens of thousands of dollars. With limited instructions and working with adult Mentors, students have just six (6) weeks to collaboratively design, build, program and test their robots to meet each season's new engineering challenge. Once these young investors build their robot, the team competes in regional/district events that measure the effectiveness of the robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students. Teams vie for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO where the best-of-the-best come together in late April. College scholarships top some $30+ million annually.
http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search/event?id=22603
Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition
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When: April 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Orange County Regional logo
Where: 100 Mesa Road
Irvine , CA
92697
Silicon Valley Regional , San Jose State University - The Event Center
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, this is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Watch as student-built-robots compete in the 2017 challenge entitled FIRST STEAMWORKS. How does it work? Each January, high school teams receive a Kit of Parts comprised of donated items and components worth tens of thousands of dollars. With limited instructions and working with adult Mentors, students have just six (6) weeks to collaboratively design, build, program and test their robots to meet each season's new engineering challenge. Once these young investors build their robot, the team competes in regional/district events that measure the effectiveness of the robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students. Teams vie for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO where the best-of-the-best come together in late April. College scholarships top some $30+ million annually.
http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search/event?id=22507
Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition
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When: April 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Silicon Valley Regional  logo
Where: 290 South 7th Street
San Jose, CA
95112
VEX Robotics Building, Rolling Robots
Students learn to use tools, wheels, gears and motors to design and build a radio-controlled robot. These workshops are designed for kids both with or without prior experience in robotics.
http://rollingrobots.com/
Hosted by Rolling Robots
When: April 1, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm
VEX Robotics Building logo
Where: 10955 W. Pico Blvd
West LA, CA
91204
SantaClara_FutureLeague_CA, RobotXSpace
Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Computer Science. Students design, construct, and program the robots. Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots. Robots can be programmed with any programming language. Robofest programs support Computer Science for All.
http://www.robofest.net/rms/SharedPagesServlet?cmd=getGenericSiteWebPage&year=2017&location=SantaClara_FutureLeague_CA&superAdminMenu=1&siteAdminMenu=1&coachMenu=1
Hosted by RoboFest
When: April 1, 2017
1:00pm - 5:00pm
SantaClara_FutureLeague_CA logo
Where: 4500 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
95054
Robotics&Game Coding Workshop, Robotix Institute
Students will build robots with Lego EV3 and program on the brick to control the robot. Students will also learn Kodu Game Lab to design and build their own game world, and use visual programming tool to create their own game. They will create, share games and have fun!
http://robotixinstitute.com
Hosted by Robotix Institute
When: April 1, 2017 - April 5, 2017
1:00pm - 5:00pm
April 8, 2017 - April 9, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
April 15, 2017 - April 16, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Robotics&Game Coding Workshop logo
Where: 5570 Rosemead Blvd, Unit 150
Temple City, CA
91780
Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2017, Benicia Middle School
Benicia Mini Maker Faire is a family friendly hand-on extravaganza for all ages. Bring the whole family for a day of cool projects, workshops, beautiful crafts, great food, music and more. All on the beautiful Benicia Middle School campus in Benicia, CA.
http://beniciamakerfaire.com
Hosted by Benicia Makerspace
When: April 2, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2017 logo
Where: 1100 Southampton Rd
Benicia, CA
94510
RoboTech Fest LBC, Long Beach City College
Robotics and STEM Family Festival, workshops, exhibits, vendors, free activities, open to the whole family. Long Beach City College Student Lounge and Quad
http://sharedsciencefun.org
Hosted by Shared Science
When: April 2, 2017
11:00am - 4:00pm
RoboTech Fest LBC logo
Where: 4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA
90808
Circuit Bugs: Spring into STEAM - Bug Out!, San Diego Public LIbrary
Children will incorporate fine motor, circuitry, and creative crafting skills to create bugs out of pipe cleaners, LED lights, and batteries. Parental supervision recommended. Ages 8 and up. Space is limited. Please sign up at lajollalibrary.org/events
http://sdpl.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo;jsessionid=AB569ED1B4F4C12920759051F29436C7
Hosted by San Diego Library
When: April 4, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Circuit Bugs: Spring into STEAM - Bug Out! logo
Where: 10955 W. Pico Blvd
West LA, CA
92037
USC Viterbi Robotics Open House April 7, 2017, University of Southern Callifornia
The USC Viterbi Robotics Open House is a free event held every year during National Robotics Week. Reservations are required to get a start time for the self-paced visit to up to 20 robotics research laboratories. Morning times are reserved for students from K-12 schools, and the afternoon is open to the public as well as USC students, alumni, staff, faculty. Everyone is welcome to explore the campus before or after touring the labs, and the California Science Center is within walking distance if schools want to double up on field trips. Robotics Open House information, lesson plans for all K-12 ages, and videos can be found on our website at https://viterbipk12.usc.edu/research/robotics-openhouse/ Connect with USC VAST (Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher) on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ViterbiOutreach and Twitter: www.twitter.com/USCViterbiSTEM.
http://viterbipk12.usc.edu/research/robotics-openhouse/
Hosted by USC Viterbi School of Engineering VAST: Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher
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When: April 7, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
USC Viterbi Robotics Open House April 7, 2017 logo
Where: 3710 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90089
Kid Friendly Robotic Exploration, South of Market Child Care Inc
It’s National Robotics Week and our preschool classroom is excited to showcase and share their learning about robots. Learn by doing and exploring. A variety of robots and activities will be available to support children discover answers to questions during their play. "What is a robot?" "What does it look like?" "What does it do?" "How does it do it?" Come familiarize yourself with Roombas, scribble bots, brush bots, dash and dot, ozobots and other simple programmable robots. Age appropriate literature about robots will also be available.
http://www.somacc.org
Hosted by Ihuoma Iheukwumere
When: April 7, 2017
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Kid Friendly Robotic Exploration logo
Where: 685 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA
94103
Robotics Society of Southern California, Cal State University, Long Beach
RSSC is an exciting and fun experimental robotics society formed in the late 1970's to meet the demand in interest in robotics in Southern California which to this day keeps on growing!. We meet once a month on the second Saturday of the month at California State University Long Beach in the Engineering Technology (ET) building, room 241 . Our meetings start at 10 AM with classes, special interest groups on different robotics subjects from simple to very complex. Anyone interested in robotics and other latest technologies such as 3D printing, Arduino maker movement, Particle, Raspberry Pi, Robotis, NAO, ROS Robot Operating System, InMoov, Lego, Artificial Intelligence of any age group and skill level is welcome to come to our meetings! We also have presenters from student projects, Battlebot builders to Mars rover drivers, movie and TV commercial robot builders and leaders from the robotics community.
http://rssc.org
Hosted by RSSC
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm
Robotics Society of Southern California logo
Where: 1331 PaloVerde Ave
Long Beach, CA
90840
Evergreen Robotics Challenge, Evergreen School District
Students from across our district participate on a series of challenges using the Lego EV3 robotics platform. The focus of this event is to make computer science and robotics accessible to as many students as possible in our district.
http://evergreenrobotics.weebly.com
Hosted by Manuel Munguia
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm
Evergreen Robotics Challenge logo
Where: 2025 Clarice Dr.
San Jose, CA
95122
Robotics Camp, Vision Tech Camps
Vision Tech Camps is a San Francisco Bay Area company offering one day robotics event at our Danvile and Berkeley location. Students interested in learning about Robotics engineering programs between the ages of 7-17 are welcome.
https://www.visiontechcamps.com/locations/sf-bay-area/san-ramon-valley/danville-computer-camps/
Hosted by Vision Tech Camps
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When: April 10, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Robotics Camp logo
Where: 117 Town & Country Drive, Suite B
Danville, CA
94526
Silicon Valley Robot Block Party, Jabil
Did you know that we are now the largest and longest running National Robotics Week event! Come and meet more than 40 different robots from all walks of life, industrial, educational, service, and home robots. Even humanoids!
http://www.svrobo.org/robot-block-party
Hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics
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When: April 12, 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm
Silicon Valley Robot Block Party logo
Where: 6375 San Ignacio Ave
San Jose, CA
95119
The Impact Robotics Competitions Have on K-12 Education, Glendale Tech on Tap
Celebrate National Robotics Week by joining Bing Jiang as she discusses the impact robotics competitions have on K-12 education. In this talk, Ms. Jiang will share her experience at Rolling Robots on the growth of children through participation in their programs, and share how young children learn using robots. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Bing Jiang is the co-founder and CEO of Rolling Robots, Inc. – a Los Angeles-based kids tech and robotics playgrounds where kids make and code robots to learn the STEM-related skills. After receiving her master degree in the field of Physics, Bing Jiang enjoyed a successful career working as a technical engineer and engineering manager at the Boeing Company. She has also served as a teacher and mentor at NFTE – Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. And recently she became a Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Development Scholar at Babson College. As the pioneer in STEM education, she led the growth Rolling Robots from one to three locations in Los Angeles area severing thousand of children from age 4 to 14 each year in forms of robot building birthday parties, Robotics and STEM after school workshops and summer camps. Rolling Robots has trained many VEX Robotics Competition Teams since 2013 and the Middle School Team has won the Excellence Award (the highest award) in VEX Robotics World Championship in 2015.
https://www.meetup.com/Glendale-Tech-on-Tap/events/238449587/
Hosted by City of Glendale
When: April 12, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Impact Robotics Competitions Have on K-12 Education logo
Where: 222 E. Harvard Street
Glendale, CA
91206
The New Wave of Robot Grasping, Tempo Automation
Presenting special guest speaker, Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley AUTOLAB, plus an expert panel including; Jeff McAlvay from Tempo Automation Dr Harsha Prahlad from Grabit Paul Ekas from Sake Robotics The New Wave in Robot Grasping Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley Despite 50 years of research, robots are still remarkably clumsy. I will present what I see as three "waves" in methodology. The first wave, which is still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theory and assumes exact knowledge of pose, shape, and other properties (see the 2016 Handbook of Robotics). The relatively recent Second Wave is purely empirical: purely data driven approaches which learn grasp strategies from many examples using techniques such as reinforcement learning and hyperparametric function approximation (Deep Learning). The "New" wave will be hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap and tune empirical models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing, big data, deep learning, and the internet of things. This talk will present an overview and new results from my lab for applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-wave-in-robot-grasping-tickets-32341796183
Hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics
When: April 13, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The New Wave of Robot Grasping logo
Where: 1500 Michigan St
San Francisco, CA
94124
Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR), University of Southern California
The Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR) is a one-day technical symposium that aims to bring together roboticists from around Southern California. With a high density of academic institutions, research centers, and industry players, SCR is expected to have a large audience with broad expertise and interests. It will also be a showcase for established and up-and-coming robot companies as well as a recruitment opportunity for local companies and startups. After hosting SCR 2016 last year, we hope to continue the success of this annual conference. The symposium will once again feature an amazing line-up of speakers from academia and industry, robotics demos, and industry booths. In addition, feature poster/demo sessions will foster discussion on recent developments in robotics.
http://socal-robotics.org
Hosted by University of Southern California
When: April 14, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm
Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR) logo
Where: 3607 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA
90089
2017 Pacific Southwest SeaPerch Program, Los Osos High School
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
http://www.nsccpsw.org/2017SeaPerchQual.html
Hosted by US Naval Sea Cadet Corps
When: April 17, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm
2017 Pacific Southwest SeaPerch Program logo
Where: 6001 Milliken Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
91737
Robotics with Blockly Professional Development Course, Parallax Inc.
Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.
http://www.parallax.com/events
Hosted by Parallax
When: April 18, 2017 - April 19, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm
Robotics with Blockly Professional Development Course logo
Where: 599 Menlo Dr
Rocklin, CA
95765
Robotics with Blockly Course, Parallax
Middle and High School Teachers are invited to an engaging two-day STEM Professional Development featuring Blockly graphical programming and the ActivityBot robot. Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.
http://www.parallax.com/events
Hosted by Parallax
When: April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Robotics with Blockly Course logo
Where: 11025 Pioneer Trail
Truckee, CA
96161
RoboGames 2017, Alameda County Fairgrounds
RoboGames is the Olympics of Robots - we invite the best minds from around the world to compete in over 50 different events: combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. Some robots are autonomous, some are remote controlled - but they're all cool! As an open event, anyone can compete - this means you.
http://robogames.net/index.php
Hosted by RoboGames
When: April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
RoboGames 2017 logo
Where: 4501 Pleasanton Ave,
Pleasanton, CA
94566
Roborodentia, Cal Poly
This year's competition is a head-to-head double elimination tournament where the object of the competition is to move rings onto scoring pegs.
http://roborodentia.calpoly.edu/
Hosted by Cal Poly
When: April 22, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Roborodentia logo
Where: California Road
San Luis Obispo, CA
93407
Greater Los Angeles BotBall Tournament, Providence High School
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball® addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience.
http://www.botball.org/node/2338
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 29, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Greater Los Angeles BotBall Tournament logo
Where: 511 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA
91505
Northern California BotBall Tournament, NASA Ames Research Center
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball® addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience.
http://www.botball.org/node/2317
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 29, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Northern California BotBall Tournament logo
Where: Nasa Parkway
Moffett Field, CA
94035