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

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair VRC Skills Challenge, Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Arnold Hall
Welcome to the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair VRC Skills Challenge. We will have a Startruck Skills Tournament featuring two competition fields, a skills field, and a practice field. A maximum of 3 teams per organization are allowed. Teams need to arrive by 1:00 PM and will compete in Skills on a first come, first serve basis. Food items will be available from the Fair Cafe.
Hosted by Vex Robotics
When: April 2, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 10901 Southwest 24th Street
Miami, FL
Battles at MakerCon, Florida State Fairgrounds
A major part of our GCMC Robotics Extravaganza, which includes FIRST Youth robotics and commercial and hobby robotics exhibits, is the Southeast Combat Robotics “Battles at Makercon“. Combat Robots, or ‘Combots’, range in size from 150g (smaller than a cell phone) all the way up to 220lb. And while some are exquisitely designed pieces of engineering, others are built from scrap metal and parts of old wheelchairs and power-tools. At robot battlesour 2017 event, we’ll have four weight classes: 150g, 1lb, 3lb, 15lb . And don’t be fooled by the small scale – these are tiny lethal weapons! This competition is open to all college, high school, and recreational builders and spectators. All 15lb weight classes will be combined. The arena will be 7 square with a steel floor. The competition format will be Double Elimination for classes with 6 or more entrants and Round Robin for classes with 5 or fewer entrants. All weight classes will use a modified version of the SPARC Ruleset . Weigh in and registration will start at 9:00am, and matches will start at 11am at the MakerCon event arena.  | 
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 4800 U.S. 301
Tampa, FL
Exploding Bacon Jr. Expo, Exploding Bacon Robotics
Hosted by Exploding Bacon at the Downtown Orlando Library. The profits from the event will be donated to the Downtown Orlando Public Library for STEM Activites for youth programs at the library.
When: April 8, 2017
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: 101 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL
Robotics Spring Camp, Bright & Smart Robotics
Using a special set of Lego Bricks and a curriculum especially designed for our campers, your child will learn how to build and program robots in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Through this program, campers will explore STEAM topics according to their age, make friends who share their passion, and create robots from day one.  | 
When: April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 9151 NW 2nd St.
Plantation, FL
IHMC Robotics Lab Open House, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC)
Join us as we celebrate the 8th Annual National Robotics Week with hands-on challenges, demonstrations, and tours of IHMC's Robotics Lab at our new building in downtown Pensacola! The goal is to inspire and educate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This free, family-friendly event encourages scientific discovery while providing the opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators. Robots on display will include Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, FastRunner and HexRunner high-speed prototypes, and IHMC's exoskeleton which recently competed in the first ever Cybathlon.
Hosted by IHMC
When: April 14, 2017
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: 420 E ROMANA ST
NASA Swarmathon, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
The NASA Swarmathon is a challenge to develop cooperative robotics to revolutionize space exploration. The Second Annual Swarmathon will occur April 18 – 20, 2017 at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Students from Minority Serving Universities and Community Colleges will compete. Students are challenged to develop the most effective and efficient search algorithms for robotic swarms. Swarmathon participation: (1) improves a student’s skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advances technology for future NASA space exploration missions. The competition is full in terms of teams, but the general competition is welcome and encouraged to come check out this free event.  | 
When: April 18, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: SR 405
Titusville, FL