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

FIRST Mid-Atlantic Distric Championship Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Lehigh University - Stabler Arena
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.
Hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition
When: April 5, 2017 - April 8, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
FIRST Mid-Atlantic Distric Championship Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson logo
Where: 124 Goodman Drive
Bethlehem , PA
Pittsburgh 2017 SeaPerch Regional, California University
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 Navy City Outreach
When: April 8, 2017
8:00am - 4:30pm
Pittsburgh 2017 SeaPerch Regional logo
Where: 250 University Ave
California, PA
Maze Runner Maze Completion Tournament, Washington Crown Center
Washington Robotics Society and Titanium Titans Robotics are inviting Washington County LEGO robotics enthusiasts to kick-off National Robotics Week with MAZE Runner at Washington Crown Center. Each team must: consist of 2-4 students Grades 4th to 9th; be student led; have a supervising coach or adult present; bring an EV3 or NXT “task-bot” capable of navigating a maze. One EV3 or NXT ‘brain’ per robot will be allowed. No non-LEGO attachments allowed.
Hosted by Washington Robotics Society and Titanium Titans Robotics
When: April 8, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm
Maze Runner Maze Completion Tournament logo
Where: 1500 W Chestnut Street
Washington, PA
5x5 Robotics Camp, TechShop Pittsburgh
Innovation Works and TechShop Pittsburgh are partnering to offer this free, five-day robotics camp, taking place during Pittsburgh Public School's spring break and National Robotics Week. Ten students aged 12-18 will spend each day building a different robotic component, and on the last day these independently functioning robots will be put together to form one big one! Each day students will also get the opportunity to meet a different professional in the field of robotics.
Hosted by Innovation Works
When: April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
5x5 Robotics Camp logo
Where: 192 Bakery Square Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
RealBotics - Arduino Basics, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill
Do you what to know how to use an Arduino microcontroller for your projects? No previous programming knowledge required. The RealBotics engineers will explain and demonstration everything you need to start writing your own code and using an Arduino UNO.
Hosted by Eventbrite
When: April 13, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
RealBotics - Arduino Basics logo
Where: 5801 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) PA Regional ROV Challenge, Villanova University
Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) PA Regional ROV Teams to Participate in Underwater Robotics Challege ****************************************** Local students develop underwater robots and learn how they help to keep our seaports safe at MATE PA ROV Challenge to be held at Villanova University April 15- Villanova, PA –Thirty teams from NY, PA, NJ, MD, and DC are set to compete in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) PA Challenge’s 8th Annual Student ROV Competition. Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROV’s are tethered underwater robots used to complete tasks in underwater environments. The teams will compete using an ROV they designed and built during the past school year. MATE’s ROV competition encourages students to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to complete tasks that simulate real world problems from the ocean workplace. To learn entrepreneurial skills, student teams must form “companies” that produce ROV products to pilot their vehicle to complete tasks such as constructing an underwater “hyperloop” system, sampling sediment for contaminants, and investigating a container that fell from a cargo ship to the seafloor. In addition, teams must prepare technical documentation for their vehicle, make a product presentation to a panel of university and industry judges, and create a marketing display for awards. The top two teams move onto MATE International. For more information contact: V. Vanessa Morris, Regional Coordinator,
Hosted by Villanova University & PGCP
When: April 15, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) PA Regional ROV Challenge logo
Where: 50 N. Ithan Avenue
Villanova, PA
Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture in Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
Speaker: Chris Urmson, a School of Science Distinguished Lecture
Hosted by School of Computer Science
When: April 20, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture in Robotics logo
Where: 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Robotics Institute Lab Tours, Carnegie Mellon University
Tour of several robotic labs.
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University
When: April 21, 2017
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Robotics Institute Lab Tours logo
Where: 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pttsburgh, PA
Robot Demonstrations, Carnegie Mellon University
Tour robotic labs for demonstrations.
Hosted by Debra Tobin
When: April 21, 2017
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Robot Demonstrations logo
Where: 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Annual Mobot Race, Carnegie Mellon University
This 23rd annual Mobot race is held outdoors yearly during Carnival Week and is open to the public.
Hosted by Deb Tobin
When: April 21, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Annual Mobot Race logo
Where: 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
National Robotics Engineering Center 2017 Industry Day, National Robotics Engineering Center
Industry representatives and individuals are invited to visit our facility to view demonstrations of technologies that we have developed and to learn how our staff can assist in applying cutting edge robotic capabilities to your areas of need.
Hosted by National Robotics Engineering Center
When: April 22, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
National Robotics Engineering Center 2017 Industry Day logo
Where: 10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA
SeAL Challenge, Freeport HS, Sarver, PA
The Sea, Air, and Land Challenge is an Office of Naval Research sponsored program that pairs teams of high school students with industry engineering mentors to design and build robotic systems and payloads. These teams meet Navy SEALs and Special Operations Forces personnel to learn about careers and technical opportunities in defense and civilian careers and compete in a timed challenge which mimics missions encountered by the military, national security agencies and first responders.
Hosted by Penn State University Electro-Optics Center
When: April 25, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
SeAL Challenge logo
Where: South Pike Road
Sarver, PA
BotsIQ Finals Competition, California University of Pennsylvania
BotsIQ is engaging manufacturing's next generation in a full contact innovation competition of 15 pound bots in a head-to-head gladiator-style battle.
Hosted by BotsIQ
When: April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
BotsIQ Finals Competition logo
Where: 250 University Avenue
California, PA