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
Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition
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When: April 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Midwest Regional logo
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
Hosted by FIRST LEGO League Jr.
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When: April 2, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
Central Illinois FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo logo
Where: 5250 Shepherd Rd.
Springfield, IL
62703
S3 Robot Educator's Professional Development Course, Holy Trinity High School
Educators: Get an S3 Robot to keep, and a full day of hands-on Blockly visual programming instruction. This durable, popular robot is suitable for one-to-one use in 30–90 minute classroom sessions. With the S3 robot in a classroom, students have been known to stay in during breaks so they can keep programming! All educators are invited to join this course, whether you are part of the Chicago Catholic school system, public schools, or are an at-home educator. You will be provided a new S3 robot at the course—it is yours to program and yours to keep. Google Blockly setup for the S3 robot Visual programming in Blockly and text-based coding in C S3 robot hardware, on-board sensors, expansion port, and other capabilities Programming precision motor control, LED control, line following, infrared object avoidance, light following, sound and music, and artwork. Hacker port expansion for ultrasonic distance sensing, RF communication, and Sharpie pen-lifters Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators.
http://www.parallax.com/events
Hosted by Parallax
When: April 7, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm
S3 Robot Educator's Professional Development Course logo
Where: 1443 W. Division St
Chicago, IL
60642
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.
http://www.botball.org/node/2302
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Greater St. Louis BotBall Tournament logo
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
Hosted by FIRST LEGO League Jr.
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When: April 8, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Celebration logo
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/
Hosted by Museum of Science and Industry
When: April 8, 2017 - April 9, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
April 15, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Robot Block Party logo
Where: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
60637
Southern Illinois Robotics Expo, Times Square Mall
On April 8th the MVTHS ROBORAMS (F.I.R.S.T. robotics team 4187) will be hosting the 2nd annual robotics expo at the Times Square Mall in Mount Vernon, IL. An open Sumobot tournament will start at 11:00 am. Student built robots will be on display and demonstrating their talents.
https://www.facebook.com/MVTHSRoboRams/
Hosted by Team 4187 ROBORAMS
When: April 8, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm
Southern Illinois Robotics Expo logo
Where: 7274 Broadway
Mount Vernon, IL
62864
SIGBOT Meeting, SIGBOT
SIGBOT is the Chicago chapter of the Special Interest Group for Robotics. Join us in building whatever wacky robotics projects we come up with and discuss what is happening in the world of robots.
http://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/SIGBOT
Hosted by SIGBOT
When: April 13, 2017
8:00pm - 10:00pm
SIGBOT Meeting logo
Where: 3519 N Elston Ave
chicago, IL
60618
Maker Faire Chicago, McCormick Place
Make: and event partner Reed Exhibitions will partner to co-locate Maker Faire Chicago 2017 @ C2E2. Maker Faire is the family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
http://makerfaire.com/chicago/
Hosted by Make: and event partner Reed Exhibitions
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When: April 22, 2017
10:00am - 7:00pm
April 23, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
Maker Faire Chicago logo
Where: 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
60649
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.
http://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/jr-first-lego-league/jr.-fll-events/jrfll-events-list.html
Hosted by FIRST Illinois Robotics
When: April 22, 2017
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Peoria FLL Jr Expo logo
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
Greater Chicago BotBall Tournament logo
Where: 6511 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL
60660
MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition, Northern Illinois University
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.
http://sheddmidwest.marinetech2.org/registration
Hosted by MATE Shedd Midwest
When: April 29, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition logo
Where: 1425 Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL
60115