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

We Robot 2016, U.Miami
Conference on law and policy relating to robotics. Workshops March 31, main event April 1-April 2, 2016.
http://robots.law.miami.edu/2016  | 
When: April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL
33146
Arizona State University - Robotics at The Polytechnic School, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus
The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University invites you to an open house session that gives you the opportunity to visit research robotics labs and explore a variety of robots. Robotics faculty of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will be there to show you around and to answer all your questions.
http://polytechnic-robotics.github.io/
When: April 1, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 6075 S. Innovation Way West
Mesa, AZ
85212
Robofest Competition - The Cornerstone School, The Corenerstone School
Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and math (STEM) and Computer Science. Students design, construct, and program the robots. Teams can apply at http://robofest.net/
http://robofest.net
Hosted by Joe Moseley
When: April 1, 2016
9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: 2313 SE Lake Weir Ave
Ocala, FL
34471
Purdue Vex U Pre-Worlds Scrimmage, Purdue University
Boiler Robotics is excited and ready to host the Purdue Vex U Pre-Worlds Scrimmage!!! We will be hosting the competition within our home the Lawson Computer Science Building. Purdue's Team, Boiler Robotics will be in attendance and welcomes any Vex U team who wants to compete. They will also be ready to answer any technical questions teams may have with Vex hardware and/or PROS.
http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/college-competition/re-vexu-16-3804.html
Hosted by Vex U
When: April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 305 N. University
West Lafayette, IN
47907
Washington TSA State Competition, DoubleTree SeaTac
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students (ages 11-18). Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills
http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/tsa/re-vrc-16-4043.html
Hosted by VEX Robotics
When: April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 18740 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA
98188
Las Vegas Regional FIRST, Las Vegas Convention Center - South Hall
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $25+ million in college scholarships - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/#sthash.oMwVT3NC.dpuf
http://firstnevada.org/www/web/home.php?page_id=0000000000
Hosted by FIRST
When: April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV
89109
NRW Open House & Tours at Georgia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology
The seventh annual National Robotics Week event will be held April 2-10, 2016. Georgia Tech’s open house will be held on Friday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Since the launch of National Robotics Week in 2010, Georgia Tech has participated annually in the event by sponsoring an open house and conducting lab tours and robot demonstrations for middle and high school students and other members of the community. Sponsored by Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), our 2016 event promises to be even more exciting than last year, including demos of new robots that have not been featured in previous years.
robotics.gatech.edu/outreach/NRW  | 
When: April 1, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
April 1, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA
30332
FIRST FRC Midwest Regional, UIC Pavilion
FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition in which high-school students work side-by-side with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors, to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Using a standard “Kit of Parts,” a common set of rules, limited resources and time constraints, FRC teams are challenged to design, build, and program a 120 lb. robot to perform the tasks of the season’s game against a field of competitors in a sports-like event, as well as raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events played on fields the size of a basketball half-court, and are the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines and deadlines. “Winning” is not solely defined by which team’s robot scores the most points. FIRST also awards FRC teams for their achievements in areas such as excellence in design, creativity, innovation, business / marketing plan creation, gracious professionalism, etc. The FRC program is a life-changing, career-molding experience that is as close to “real-world” engineering as a student can get.
www.ilfirst.org/frc/events/midwest-regional.html  | 
When: April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 525 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL
60607
Robot Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work, in The Robot Zoo. The Robot Zoo reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Eight robot animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, a giant squid propels itself and a fly walks on the ceiling.
http://www.grpm.org/RobotZoo/
When: April 1, 2016 - April 10, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504
National Robotics Week at Discovery World, Discovery World
To celebrate Robotics Week, Discovery World in partnership with Rockwell Automation, will host a robot invasion on our promenade. See robots of all shapes, sizes, and uses and meet the makers behind them. Local FIRST Robotics Teams of all levels, universities, and Rockwell professionals will showcase their engineering skills along with robots built for competition, used in industry, and developed for entertainment. Experience the innovation right here in Milwaukee!
http://www.discoveryworld.org/events/robotics-week/  | 
When: April 1, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm
April 2, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI
53202
Robotics with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, EV3Lessons
Learn to program with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. There are over 50 programming lessons available for beginners through advanced MINDSTORMS users. You can use any robot you want or build one of the models on the Robot Design page.
www.ev3lessons.com
Hosted by EV3Lessons
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When: April 1, 2016 - April 10, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Online Only
National Robotics Week Official Kick Off event, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Infamous Robotics LLC (www.InfamousRobotics.com) and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum bring you the official kick off event for National Robotics Week. Come see the most exciting robotics technologies made by the smartest minds in the country. Robot demos, on stage presentations and the 'State of Robotics' delivered by speaker Anthony Nunez, CEO of Infamous Robotics LLC will make this one of the most exciting and inspirational days of the week.
http://infamousrobotics.com/
When: April 1, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 600 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC, DC
20560
FIRST Robotics Competition - East Kentwood Event, East Kentwood High School
Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition as high schools from all over the state of Michigan compete in this year's game, FIRST Stronghold.
http://www.firstinmichigan.org/FRC_2016/Kentwood_FRC/kentwood_frc.html
When: April 1, 2016
10:30am - 7:00pm
April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 6230 Kalamazoo Avenue
Kentwood, MI
49508
Alaska Science & Engineering Fair, East High School
The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF) is an Intel ISEF-Affiliated science fair that is run by a nonprofit organization. Grade K-12 students throughout Alaska are invited to enter a science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics project in the fair. It is not necessary to win or even participate in a local school fair before entering the state-wide ASEF. Every K-12 student from Alaska is welcome!
https://www.alaskasciencefair.org/events/science-fair-2016.html
When: April 1, 2016
5:00pm - 8:30pm
April 2, 2016
9:00am - 6:00pm
April 3, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: 4025 East Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK
99508
April Fool's Hackathon, Gizmo
This is a programming event where the community comes together and works on fun April Fool's themed projects. There will be a workshop to help get beginners started. - Free event - Limited space - Food will be provided
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4aa5ac2cabff2-april
Hosted by Gizmo
When: April 1, 2016
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: 806 N 4th St
Coeur d’Alene, ID
83814
Bots & Beer, Hacker Dojo
Bots & Beer is the regular social meetup for roboticists and anyone interested in robotics in the Bay Area. Bring your bot along for 'show'n'tell' at our lightening talks or just enjoy.
http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-Robotics/events/228611275  | 
When: April 1, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm
April 6, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 599 Fairchild Drive
Mountain View, CA
94043
Robot Virtual Worlds , Robomatter, Incorporated
To help celebrate National Robotics Week, we’ve created a FREE, online version of our Robot Virtual Worlds software, which you can use in your classroom to teach students about robotics and introductory programming concepts. Robot Virtual Worlds is a great tool to help you teach more efficiently with fewer resources, lower the cost of staring a robotics classroom, manage students working at different levels, and keep students engaged in learning!
http://www.robomatter.com/national-robotics-week/  | 
When: April 2, 2016 - April 10, 2016
12:00am - 11:45pm
Where: Online Only
New England District - Boston Event, Boston University
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.nefirst.org/portfolio/boston-district/
When: April 2, 2016
8:00am - 8:00pm
Where: 925 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA
02215
New England District - Hartford Event, Hartford Public High School
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.nefirst.org/portfolio/hartford-district/
Hosted by NE FIRST
When: April 2, 2016
8:00am - 8:00pm
Where: 55 Forest Street
Hartford, CT
06105
North Carolina District - Campell University/Johnston Community College Event, Campell University
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.firstnorthcarolina.org/programs/first-robotics-competition/2016/
When: April 2, 2016
8:00am - 8:00pm
April 2, 2016
8:00am - 8:00pm
Where: 56 Main Street
Buies Creek, NC
27506
Pacific Northwest District - Auburn Event, Auburn High School
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.firstwa.org/Calendar/ctl/Details/Mid/4103/ItemID/750
When: April 2, 2016
8:00am - 6:00pm
Where: 711 E. Main Street
Auburn, WA
98002
FIRST Robotics - Hartford District Event, Hartford Public High School
Get a taste of the hardest fun you’ll ever have! FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. FRC teams made up of engineering mentors, teachers, corporate sponsors, and students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Under strict time limits and limited funds, teams compete in a new competition each year to design and build a robot in just six weeks. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.
http://nefirst.org
Hosted by NE FIRST
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When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 55 Forest St.
Hartford, CT
06106
Robofest Competition - Creation Station, Westford Creation Station
Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and math (STEM) and Computer Science. Students design, construct, and program the robots. Teams can register at http://robofest.net/
http://robofest.net
Hosted by Nandu Vellal
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: 1 Park Drive Suite 9
Westford, MA
01886
Mid-Atlantic Robotics District - Bridgewater-Raritan Event, Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.midatlanticrobotics.com/events/district-events/bridgewater-raritan/
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 7:00pm
Where: 600 Garretson Road
Bridgewater, NJ
08807
Mid-Atlantic Robotics District - Westtown Event, Westtown School
Come and experience firsthand the excitement of a FIRST® Robotics Competition event! 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 2016 challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
http://www.midatlanticrobotics.com/events/district-events/westtown/
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 7:00pm
Where: 957 Westtown Road
West Chester, PA
19382
Warm Up for the World of Spring - A National Robotics Week Event, Pembroke Aacdemy
This Is a VEX Robotics Competition, where VEX U (College Level) and VEX Robotics - High School Division teams will be playing the 2015-2016 game "Nothing but Net". This 60 team event will have a number of teams who have qualified for the CREATE US Open and the VEX World Championship. This will make it a fast and fun event. This event is free and open to the public!
http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/re-vrc-16-4711.html
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 209 Academy Rd
Pembroke, NH
03275
FIRST Robotics Competition - Howell Event, Parker Middle School
Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition as high schools from all over the state of Michigan compete in this year's game, FIRST Stronghold.
http://www.firstinmichigan.org/FRC_2016/Howell_FRC/howell_frc.html
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
April 1, 2016
10:30am - 7:00pm
Where: 400 Wright Road
Howell, MI
48843
FIRST Robotics Competition - LSSU Event, Lake Superior State University
Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition as high schools from all over the state of Michigan compete in this year's game, FIRST Stronghold.
http://www.firstinmichigan.org/FRC_2016/LSSU_FRC/LSSU_frc.html
Hosted by Jeanne Shibly
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
April 1, 2016
10:30am - 7:00pm
Where: 650 Meridian Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
49783
FIRST Robotics Competition - Troy Event, Troy Athens High School
Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition as high schools from all over the state of Michigan compete in this year's game, FIRST Stronghold.
http://www.firstinmichigan.org/FRC_2016/Troy_FRC/troy_frc.html
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
April 1, 2016
10:30am - 7:00pm
Where: 4333 John R Road
Troy, MI
48085
Hub City Regional Competition, Texas Tech University
This is a FIRST Robotics Competition that registered teams, from around the nation, are able to compete against each other with finely tuned 160 lb robots through Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition. This event is open to anyone who is wanting to see fun-filled, eccentric, and creative teams use their robots to perform in games.
http://hubcityregional.com/
When: April 2, 2016 - April 3, 2016
9:00am - 6:00pm
April 1, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
April 2, 2016 - April 3, 2016
9:00am - 6:00pm
Where: 1701 Indiana Ave
Lubbock, TX
79409
Arduino Day, Robot Garden
Happy 12th Birthday Arduino! day.arduino.cc Robot Garden will be hosting a birthday party for the little microcontroller "Arduino". Since the Arduino ecosystem lives on sharing ideas and experiences, we will provide some demos. But this is not an One-Band-Show, so please bring your contraptions along, even if there is still some work needed. If you have a starter kit already (or just an Arduino board), but never got started playing with it, feel free to bring it as well. We did not really get a formal workshop together in the past years, but we have enough people to get you started. So please, if you're interested, leave a comment here at our MeetUp or send me an email at arduinoD16 at bytesalad dot org ;-) Some of my experiments with different Arduinos are here: http://marcoscorner.walther-family.org/category/arduino/ Marco, Fred & the rest of the Robot-Garden band
www.meetup.com/Robot-Garden/events/229209632/
Hosted by Robot Garden
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When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 2324 Second St
Livermore, CA
94550
2016 PNW Dist 8 – Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.OB5oca5T.dpuf
http://firstwa.org/Programs/FIRST-Robotics-Competition/Pacific-Northwest-District-Events/Clackamas-AcademyWeek-5
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 1306 12th St.
Oregon City, OR
97045
Queen City Regional, CINTAS Center - Xavier University
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.fzBKgIV4.dpuf
http://www.queencityfirst.org/
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 1624 Herald Ave
Cincinnati, OH
45207
Orange County Regional FIRST, Valencia High School
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.fzBKgIV4.dpuf
http://frc-events.usfirst.org/2016/CAPL
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 500 Bradford Avenue
Placentia, CA
92870
South Florida Regional FIRST, Palm Beach Convention Center
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.fzBKgIV4.dpuf
http://firstinflorida.com/
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 650 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
33401
FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Regional, University of Hawaii at Manoa
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.fzBKgIV4.dpuf
http://www.friendsofhawaiirobotics.org/event/9th-annual-first-in-hawaii-regional-robotics-competition/
When: April 2, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 1355 Lower CAmpus Road
Honolulu, HI
96822
Idaho Regional FIRST Competition, Boise State University
In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. - See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc#sthash.fzBKgIV4.dpuf
https://idahofrcregionaldotorg.wordpress.com/
Hosted by Idaho FIRST