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

  • 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.

    Visit the Midwest Regional website

    Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition

    When:

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

    Where:

    525 S. Racine Ave
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Midwest Regional logo
  • 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?

    Visit the Central Illinois FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo website

    Hosted by FIRST LEGO League Jr.

    When:

    • April 2, 2017
      9:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    5250 Shepherd Rd.
    Springfield, IL 62703

    Central Illinois FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo logo
  • 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.

    Visit the S3 Robot Educator's Professional Development Course website

    Hosted by Parallax

    When:

    • April 7, 2017
      8:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    1443 W. Division St
    Chicago, IL 60642

    S3 Robot Educator's Professional Development Course logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Greater St. Louis BotBall Tournament website

    Hosted by BotBall

    When:

    • April 8, 2017
      9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where:

    1 Hairpin Drive
    Edwardsville, IL 62025

    Greater St. Louis BotBall Tournament logo
  • 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?

    Visit the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Celebration website

    Hosted by FIRST LEGO League Jr.

    When:

    • April 8, 2017
      9:00am - 4:00pm

    Where:

    225 McHenry Rd
    Buffalo Grove , IL 60089

    FIRST LEGO League Jr. Celebration logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Robot Block Party website

    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

    Where:

    5700 S Lake Shore Dr
    Chicago, IL 60637

    Robot Block Party logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Southern Illinois Robotics Expo website

    Hosted by Team 4187 ROBORAMS

    When:

    • April 8, 2017
      10:00am - 2:00pm

    Where:

    7274 Broadway
    Mount Vernon, IL 62864

    Southern Illinois Robotics Expo logo
  • 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.

    Visit the SIGBOT Meeting website

    Hosted by SIGBOT

    When:

    • April 13, 2017
      8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Where:

    3519 N Elston Ave
    chicago, IL 60618

    SIGBOT Meeting logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Peoria FLL Jr Expo website

    Hosted by FIRST Illinois Robotics

    When:

    • April 22, 2017
      12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Where:

    3001 West Grand Pkwy
    Peoria, IL 61615

    Peoria FLL Jr Expo logo
  • 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.

    Visit the Greater Chicago BotBall Tournament website

    Hosted by BotBall

    When:

    • April 25, 2017
      4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Where:

    6511 N. Sheridan Rd
    Chicago, IL 60660

    Greater Chicago BotBall Tournament logo
  • 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.

    Visit the MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition website

    Hosted by MATE Shedd Midwest

    When:

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

    Where:

    1425 Lincoln Hwy
    DeKalb, IL 60115

    MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition logo