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

Greater DC/Virginia BotBall Tournament, Annandale High School
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.
Hosted by BotBall
When: April 1, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Greater DC/Virginia BotBall Tournament logo
Where: 4700 Medford Drive
Annadale, VA
FIRST Chesapeake District Championship, Virginia Commonwealth University
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 Chesapeake District Championship logo
Where: 1200 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA
Robotics STEM Celebration at the South County Library, South County Library
A Show and Tell Exhibit at the library featuring projects from Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club, Roanoke Linux Users Group, 2 robotics teams from the Roanoke Governors School, Case Spring High School, Cave Spring Middle School, William Byrd Middle School, and FLL team BlockNauts
Hosted by Roanoke County Libraries
When: April 8, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm
Robotics STEM Celebration at the South County Library logo
Where: 6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA
Tidewater SeaPerch Challenge, Tidewater SeaPerch Challenge
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. Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering. At the Tidewater SeaPerch Challenge, students are provided the opportunity to put their ROVs into a pool and complete a series of challenges.
Hosted by Tidewater SeaPerch
When: April 15, 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tidewater SeaPerch Challenge logo
Where: 570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA
MATE Mid-Atlantic Regional ROV Competition, Old Dominion University Recreation and Wellness Center
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 Norfolk, VA
When: April 22, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
MATE Mid-Atlantic Regional ROV Competition logo
Where: 4700 Powhatan Ave #1207
Norfolk, VA