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

Midwest Regional, University of Illinois, Chicago
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=22501  | 
When: April 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 525 S. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL
60607
Central Illinois FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo, Lincoln Land Community College, Cass Gymnasium
Swing like a monkey, fly like a bat, hop like a frog into the FIRST LEGO League Jr. CREATURE CRAZE season. Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives. In the 2016-2017 CREATURE CRAZE Challenge, over 40,000 children will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?
http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search/event?id=26547  | 
When: April 2, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 5250 Shepherd Rd.
Springfield, IL
62703
Greater St. Louis BotBall Tournament, Southern Illiniois University Edwardsville
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.
www.botball.org/node/2302
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 1 Hairpin Drive
Edwardsville, IL
62025
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Celebration, Buffalo Grove Community Art Center
Swing like a monkey, fly like a bat, hop like a frog into the FIRST LEGO League Jr. CREATURE CRAZE season. Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives. In the 2016-2017 CREATURE CRAZE Challenge, over 40,000 children will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?
http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search/event?id=26549  | 
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 225 McHenry Rd
Buffalo Grove , IL
60089
Robot Block Party, Museum of Science and Industry
The robots are coming—and they're here to help! Celebrate National Robotics Week by checking out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, talking with University students about cutting-edge robotics research, watching mini robotics competitions and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots.
http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/national-robotics-week/
When: April 8, 2017 - April 9, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
April 15, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
60637
Peoria FLL Jr Expo, North Peoria Public Library
Join us at this very special expo at the Peoria Public Library. It will be a great experience for your FLL Jr teams.
www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/jr-first-lego-league/jr.-fll-events/jrfll-events-list.html
When: April 22, 2017
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: 3001 West Grand Pkwy
Peoria, IL
61615
Greater Chicago BotBall Tournament, Loyola University Lake Shore Campus
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/2332
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 25, 2017
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 6511 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
60660