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
Miami-Dade County Youth Fair VRC Skills Challenge logo
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.
Hosted by Gulf Coast MakerCon
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Battles at MakerCon logo
Where: 4800 U.S. 301
Tampa, FL
MATE Florida Regional ROV Competition, Northwest Pool - St. Petersburg
The MATE ROV competition is about student learning. It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply the physics, math, electronics, and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solving problems from the marine workplace. Mentors (teachers, parents, working professionals) are expected to limit their input to educational and inspirational roles and encouraged to focus on the benefits of the learning process and not simply on “winning” the competition.
Hosted by MATE Florida
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
MATE Florida Regional ROV Competition logo
Where: 2331 60th St. N
St. Petersburg, FL
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.
Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 13611 Normandy Blvd # A
Jacksonville, FL
Maker Faire Miami 2017, Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus
Maker Faire Miami is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Hosted by MANO & Miami Dade College
When: April 8, 2017 - April 9, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
Maker Faire Miami 2017 logo
Where: 300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, 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.
Hosted by Exploding Bacon
When: April 8, 2017
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Exploding Bacon Jr. Expo logo
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.
Hosted by Bright & Smart
When: April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Robotics Spring Camp logo
Where: 9151 NW 2nd St.
Plantation, FL
STEMtacular Spring Break Camp, Sylvan Learning
Our STEMtacular Engineering and Robotics camp teaches students important STEM concepts and problem-solving skills while they create and design robots and solve engineering challenges. Students work in teams or pairs in a small group setting.
Hosted by Sylvan Learning
When: April 10, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
STEMtacular Spring Break Camp logo
Where: 12741 World Plaza Lane
Fort Myers, FL
Robotics Open House, FLATE (HCC, Brandon), Hillsborough Community College- Brandon Campus
To celebrate National Robotics Week (April 8-16) FLATE is hosting a robotics open house at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. The open house will be on Thursday, April 13 from 3-6 p.m., and will feature a number of activities and stations geared to spark local students’ interest in robotics and STEM education and related career pathways. Featured activities include: programming a robotic arm and EV3 robots, learning to operate a 3D printer, watching a demo of an electric car, meeting local robotics teams-including a demo of a 5ft humanoid robot, learning about the engineering technology program at HCC and other Florida colleges, meeting local manufacturers, and getting up-close and personal with Jane, FLATE’s humanoid robot!
Hosted by FLATE- Florida Advanced Technological Education Center
When: April 13, 2017
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Robotics Open House, FLATE (HCC, Brandon) logo
Where: 10414 E. Columbus Drive
Tampa, 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
IHMC Robotics Lab Open House logo
Where: 420 E ROMANA ST
Robotics Sports Competitions, MOSI
Guests are invited to cheer for area high school teams in an exciting FIRST FTC robot scrimmage. Teams will share their design and building experiences in inspiring meet and greets.
Hosted by MOSI
When: April 15, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Robotics Sports Competitions logo
Where: 4801 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL
Robotics Day Sponsored by IHMC , National Naval Aviation Museum
Robotics Day at the National Naval Aviation Museum Sponsored by IHMC Saturday, April 15 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Join us for a day of FREE activities for the entire family! • Screenings of ROBOT in the Giant Screen Theater 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for the first 200 people per showing • Complimentary popcorn and beverage • Hands-on science kit activities hosted by the MESS Hall Robots on display include: • M2V2 humanoid robot • tBot • FastRunner • HexRunner • EllipticalRunner • Micro Air Vehicles • MinaV2 Exoskeleton
Hosted by Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
When: April 15, 2017
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Robotics Day Sponsored by IHMC  logo
Where: 1750 Radford Blvd
Pensacola, FL
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.
Hosted by NASA Swarmathon
When: April 18, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
NASA Swarmathon logo
Where: SR 405
Titusville, FL
Robofest Registration at GulfBreeze_WoodlawnBeach, Woodlawn Beach Middle School
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.
Hosted by RoboFest
When: April 22, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Robofest Registration at GulfBreeze_WoodlawnBeach logo
Where: 1500 Woodlawn Way
Gulf Breeze , FL
Robotics Magnet Tours and Demo, Dillard High School 6-12
We have the only robotics magnet in Broward County. email to arrange a tour of the SigmaC@ts in action. April 1-30.
Hosted by Dillard SigmaC@ts
When: April 28, 2017
8:00am - 2:00pm
April 4, 2017
8:00am - 2:00pm
Robotics Magnet Tours and Demo logo
Where: 2501 NW 11th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL