National Robotics Week 2018 Events

Thank you to everyone who hosted, promoted, and participated in National Robotics Week 2017! With your continuing help, we had over 300 events for Robo Week. The ninth annual National Robotics Week will be held April 7-15, 2018 and promises to be even bigger! Submit your own event!

 
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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.

    Visit the Orange County Regional website

    Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition

    When:

    • April 1, 2017
      9:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    100 Mesa Road
    Irvine , CA 92697

    Orange County Regional logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Silicon Valley Regional website

    Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition

    When:

    • April 1, 2017
      9:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    290 South 7th Street
    San Jose, CA 95112

    Silicon Valley Regional  logo
  • 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.

    Visit the VEX Robotics Building website

    Hosted by Rolling Robots

    When:

    • April 1, 2017
      9:30am - 12:00pm

    Where:

    10955 W. Pico Blvd
    West LA, CA 91204

    VEX Robotics Building logo
  • 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.

    Visit the SantaClara_FutureLeague_CA website

    Hosted by RoboFest

    When:

    • April 1, 2017
      1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Where:

    4500 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA 95054

    SantaClara_FutureLeague_CA logo
  • 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!

    Visit the Robotics&Game Coding Workshop website

    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

    Where:

    5570 Rosemead Blvd, Unit 150
    Temple City, CA 91780

    Robotics&Game Coding Workshop logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2017 website

    Hosted by Benicia Makerspace

    When:

    • April 2, 2017
      10:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    1100 Southampton Rd
    Benicia, CA 94510

    Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2017 logo
  • 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

    Visit the RoboTech Fest LBC website

    Hosted by Shared Science

    When:

    • April 2, 2017
      11:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    4901 E. Carson St.
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    RoboTech Fest LBC logo
  • 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

    Visit the Circuit Bugs: Spring into STEAM - Bug Out! website

    Hosted by San Diego Library

    When:

    • April 4, 2017
      3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Where:

    10955 W. Pico Blvd
    West LA, CA 92037

    Circuit Bugs: Spring into STEAM - Bug Out! logo
  • 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.

    Visit the USC Viterbi Robotics Open House April 7, 2017 website

    Hosted by USC Viterbi School of Engineering VAST: Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher

    When:

    • April 7, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    3710 McClintock Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

    USC Viterbi Robotics Open House April 7, 2017 logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Kid Friendly Robotic Exploration website

    Hosted by Ihuoma Iheukwumere

    When:

    • April 7, 2017
      3:00pm - 6:30pm

    Where:

    685 Natoma Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Kid Friendly Robotic Exploration logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Robotics Society of Southern California website

    Hosted by RSSC

    When:

    • April 8, 2017
      9:00am - 3:00pm

    Where:

    1331 PaloVerde Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90840

    Robotics Society of Southern California logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Evergreen Robotics Challenge website

    Hosted by Manuel Munguia

    When:

    • April 8, 2017
      9:00am - 2:00pm

    Where:

    2025 Clarice Dr.
    San Jose, CA 95122

    Evergreen Robotics Challenge logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Robotics Camp website

    Hosted by Vision Tech Camps

    When:

    • April 10, 2017
      9:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    117 Town & Country Drive, Suite B
    Danville, CA 94526

    Robotics Camp logo
  • 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!

    Visit the Silicon Valley Robot Block Party website

    Hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics

    When:

    • April 12, 2017
      11:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    6375 San Ignacio Ave
    San Jose, CA 95119

    Silicon Valley Robot Block Party logo
  • 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.

    Visit the The Impact Robotics Competitions Have on K-12 Education website

    Hosted by City of Glendale

    When:

    • April 12, 2017
      5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Where:

    222 E. Harvard Street
    Glendale, CA 91206

    The Impact Robotics Competitions Have on K-12 Education logo
  • 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.

    Visit the The New Wave of Robot Grasping website

    Hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics

    When:

    • April 13, 2017
      7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Where:

    1500 Michigan St
    San Francisco, CA 94124

    The New Wave of Robot Grasping logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR) website

    Hosted by University of Southern California

    When:

    • April 14, 2017
      9:00am - 6:00pm

    Where:

    3607 Trousdale Pkwy
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

    Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR) logo
  • 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.

    Visit the 2017 Pacific Southwest SeaPerch Program website

    Hosted by US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

    When:

    • April 17, 2017
      8:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    6001 Milliken Ave
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

    2017 Pacific Southwest SeaPerch Program logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Robotics with Blockly Professional Development Course website

    Hosted by Parallax

    When:

    • April 18, 2017 - April 19, 2017
      8:30am - 4:30pm

    Where:

    599 Menlo Dr
    Rocklin, CA 95765

    Robotics with Blockly Professional Development Course logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Robotics with Blockly Course website

    Hosted by Parallax

    When:

    • April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    11025 Pioneer Trail
    Truckee, CA 96161

    Robotics with Blockly Course logo
  • 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.

    Visit the RoboGames 2017 website

    Hosted by RoboGames

    When:

    • April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    4501 Pleasanton Ave,
    Pleasanton, CA 94566

    RoboGames 2017 logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Roborodentia website

    Hosted by Cal Poly

    When:

    • April 22, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    California Road
    San Luis Obispo, CA  93407

    Roborodentia logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Greater Los Angeles BotBall Tournament website

    Hosted by BotBall

    When:

    • April 29, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    511 S. Buena Vista St.
    Burbank, CA 91505

    Greater Los Angeles BotBall Tournament logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Northern California BotBall Tournament website

    Hosted by BotBall

    When:

    • April 29, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    Nasa Parkway
    Moffett Field, CA 94035

    Northern California BotBall Tournament logo