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Build a robot, draw a robot, code a robot with your friends. There are no rules other then to share the excitement of robotics with your friends, family, or community. Share with us how you will be celebrating!
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) stages
short games played by robots. The robots are designed and built in six weeks (from a common set of parts) by a team of high-school-aged young people and a handful of engineers-Mentors. The students program and remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field. The FIRST
Robotics Competition Regional events are typically held in university arenas. They involve 40 to 70 teams cheered by thousands of fans over three days (two days for District events).
Silicon Valley FIRST Regional website
FIRST Siliicon Valley
One Washington Square
Join us as we explore the amazing world of robotics. From robots that vacuum floors and weld cars to those that defuse bombs and fight cancer cells, the field of robotics has never been more exciting. So get your autonomous self over to Design Night and hear from all-star panel including:
- Intel futurist Brian David Johnson
- Bot & Dolly founder Jeff Linnell
- 9th Sense Robotics co-founder Tasha McCauley
- Roddenberry Entertainment CEO Rod Roddenberry Jr.
Also, interact with a veritable galaxy of robots in our robot science fair and see SumoBots wrestle.
1 Market St, 2nd Floor
Regional tournaments are held approximately 7-9 weeks after the regional workshops. During that 7-9 week period, students build, program and document a pair of autonomous robots to compete at the tournament.
Greater San Diego BotBall Tournament website
8756 Mast Blvd.
troybots will host first annual robotics showcase in partnership with California Science Center. Parents and kids will be able to create models using Lego bricks provided by Lego Showcase grant. In addition, the event will also showcase Lego WeDo models built by our 3rd graders, obstacle course performance by 4th graders and 5th graders performance on the FLL Senior Solutions Obstacle course.
Beyond Endeavour – Robots in Space website
700 State Drive
Join The Tech’s exhibits team in our new makerspace, The Tech Studio, for hands-on robotics fun as we test prototypes for our upcoming social robots exhibition. We will also be 3D Printing robots and demonstrating quadracopters and other robotic technologies. Free with museum admission.
Social Robots Prototyping Session website
The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
The Stanford Robotics Club is organizing and hosting a Drone Games sponsored hackathon at Stanford University on April 6th to kickoff National Robotics Week.
The competition is part of our initiative to promote robotics as a fun and accessible field, provide hands-on experience and showcase the cleverness and technical competence of the Stanford community.
About Drone Games
Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, Creator of DIY Drones Community
Star Simpson, Founder of Tacocopter
Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet
Participation is open to everyone! We hope anyone affiliated with Stanford including students, professors, and alumni will participate. Teams are encouraged!
Challenges & Ideas
Stanford students participating in the competition are eligible to receive an AR Drone for pre-competition hacking (limited availability). Email us at email@example.com for details.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Judged Awards will be given and there will be a Crowd Favorite award as well!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Where can I buy a drone?
A: You can buy your own AR Drone 2.0 on Amazon or locally here!
Q: How do I program a drone?
Q: Where can I park and how much does it cost?
A: Parking is free on weekends. The parking lot at Tresidder Union and Parking Structure 2 at Via Ortega and Panama Streets are both fairly convenient to Building 550.
Drone Games @Stanford website
Stanford Robotics Club
416 Escondido Mall Building 550
Electronics and robotics for the young mad scientist or apprentice level evil genius.
Following the success of last month’s Killer Robot 1.0 class, we will continue to develop our deadly bots by adding motors, sensors, and pumps that will give our diabolic robotic devices the ability to squirt evil and dangerous water at annoying aliens, cats, super-heroes, or little brothers.
For those who may have missed Killer Robots 1.0, they will have the opportunity to build a simple robot from the ground up using sensors and servos and a programmed arduino for a brain.
There is no need to purchase an arduino for this class, but if you’d like to, a full inventor’s kit can be found here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11236
Laptops with the open source arduino programming language will also be available, but if you’d like to bring your own laptop you can install the programming environment here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
For any questions or comments feel free to contact Mike Wilson, aka Professor Evil, PhD email@example.com
We made a Pinterest Board of Evil Robots to get the evil genius in you fired up: http://pinterest.com/lamakerspace/evil-robots/
* Ages 10+. Under 13 must be accompanied by a guardian.
* Bring your evil genius self.
Evil Genius Workshop #3: Killer Robots 2.0 Weaponizing! website
1933 S. Broadway
The program committee for We Robot: Getting Down To Business invites you to join us for the second annual robotics and the law conference to take place April 8 and 9 at Stanford Law School. This year’s event is focused on the immediate commercial prospects of robotics and will include panels and papers on a wide variety of topics, including:
·Privacy By Design
Join leading scholars, practitioners, and engineers as we discuss the best legal and policy infrastructure for the burgeoning robotics industry. With a special guest appearance from a producer of the hit show Futurama and demos of robots throughout the conference. Hope to see you there!
Stanford Center for Internet and Society
559 Nathan Abbott Way
The team will show off their practice robot and show footage from their last competition.
Foster City Library
1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd
The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) is hosting their annual NPS CRUSER Technical Continuum which furthers concepts developed during the September 2012 Warfare Innovation Workshop by showcasing NPS student and faculty work in advancing undersea operations capabilities.
The Third Annual Robots in the Roses Research Fair is starting at 1500 on Thursday, 11 April. This provides a venue for NPS students and faculty to demonstrate their research in unmanned systems to students, and other faculty and staff across campus. There is a STEM event for family members to participate in.
Join the CRUSER community of interest to receive e-mails about our other events through the year or follow us on Facebook.
1 University Circle
Why do birds migrate? Students work in pairs to learn about migrating birds and migratory behavior and paths. They then create birdcalls using LEGO WeDo elements and software. Students then map the path of their migratory bird representing the birds behavior with LEGO WeDo elements. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 9-18.
WeDo flying Bird website
3615 Auburn Blvd
The Silicon Valley Robot Block Party @ Stanford is back! In celebration of National Robotics Week, the Silicon Valley Robot Block Party returns to the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab @ Stanford on Wednesday, April 10 2013, from 1 to 6pm.
Come and see robots on display from Silicon Valley companies representing the best in research, industrial and consumer robotics. Join in activities with robot clubs and STEM organizations. The Robot Block Party is co-hosted by CIS and Silicon Valley Robotics, with the assistance of Stanford Robotics Club and event sponsors.
Please go to our web sign up form iff you are interested in exhibiting at the Robot Block Party or in joining a media tour of the robotics exhibitors.
Organizer contact: Andra Keay
Silicon Valley Robotics
Robot Block Party website
Silicon Valley Robotics
473 Oak Road
A celebration of robots, robotic images, conversation and more! Join us to see bipedal robots, rolling robots, treaded robots... ! LEGO Mindstorms demonstrations, Robotis demonstrations, robotics teams, robotic artwork and more.
Brought to you by a collaboration that includes: Boy Scouts of America, Long Beach Area Council, Robotics Society of Southern California, Shared Science, the Cultural Alliance, Long Beach and Great Educational Experiences.
BSA Long Beach Area Council
5875 Appian Way
This all-day event will feature tours and demos from the many USC robotics research labs, covering robotics research including environmental robotics, health robotics, space robotics, and much more, and will feature robot helicopters, robot nurses and coaches, humanoid robots, robot dogs, reconfigurable robots, and much more. This annual event typically draws between 800 and 1000 visitors.
3710 McClintock Avenue
For this special half-day event during National Robotics Week, we've sought out the founders and CEOs inventing real business models for the next phase of the robotics revolution—in manufacturing, health, schools, offices, energy, the home, and more—and the venture capitalists betting on their power to improve productivity and our quality of life. Meet them all at SRI International on April 11!
Xconomy Forum: Robots Remake the Workplace website
333 Ravenswood Ave.
There will be an overview presentation of FIRST (a non-profit organization) and its robotics programs on April 11th @ 5:30 @ Brandman University, 649 S County Center (County Center & Noble).
The two key programs being highlighted are FIRST LEGO League (FLL/ grades 4th-8th) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC/ grades 9th - 12th).
We are looking for parents to help expand the FIRST LEGO League program. Teams can be formed in schools, neighborhoods, and churches.
We will be discussing the formation of a district wide FRC team with a target launch date of school year 2014-2015.
If your child(ren) is interested in Science, Technology or Math or he/she builds with LEGOS, I encourage you to come and learn about these two exciting opportunities that will help your child(ren) grow in their learning and confidence.
FIRST programs can change schools, kids’ lives, and even make adults get a little excited as well.
Guido Niel Climer
Linwood and LaJoya Parent
Pastor, Disciples of Christ-Visalia
Site Coordinator, Linwood LEGO Robotics
Tournament Director, Quail Park Qualifying FLL Tournament
Linwood LEGO Robotics
649 S County Center
Each Computer Science 101 student has created an interactive robot demo to educate a middle school student about Computer Science.
Dr Sheila Tejada
941 Bloom Walk,
Robofest is an annual robotics festival and competition designed to promote and support STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) and Computer Science for students in grades 5 - 12 and college students. Robofest challenges teams of students to design, build, and program autonomous robots.
Robofest Qualifying Event Fremont, CA website
American High School
36300 Fremont Blvd.
The Showcase is a collaboration of the corporate, education, and non-profit worlds coming together to create an engaging and interactive Career Exploration program experience. Featuring industry and education displays, exhibits, and workshop presentation all focused on inspiring middle and high school students to Explore, discover, and Connect to their future career.
We will have an activity booth where children and adults can build and race their robots (ages 6-8) or compete in bugbots sumo (ages 9 and up).
Family Robot Challenge website
Youth Expo- Vital Links STEM & Art Showcase
88 Fair Drive
This is our monthly robotics society meeting free to all who like robots of any kind, no need to register! RSSC has been around since the 1980's
Please see for directions: http://rssc.org/content/directions-rssc-meeting-location
10-11:00 am Leaf - An AI robot special interest group - we discuss www.leafproject.org
11:00-12:00 Class of special effects and animatronics
12:00 - 12:30 break - bring your own snacks
12:40 - 1:00 business meeting - we plan our next classes and competitions
1:00 - 1:45 Sumo robot competition - rules are found on our website
1:45 - 3:00 Shown and Tell - bring all your projects and shows us what you got. People bring their starting projects or completed projects to demo
Robotics Society of Southern California Meeting website
1331 Palo Verde Ave
In honor of National Robotics Week, Bakersfield Robotics will be hosting the Central Valley’s first ‘Robot Party’ on April 13, 2013.
We hope to provide an outlet for robotics enthusiasts of all ages to come, participate, and showcase their projects.
The effort is meant to increase public awareness of the multi-faceted uses of robotics — from space to healthcare to just plain fun.
Attendees will enjoy demonstrations and displays and interact with robots while gaining a deeper understanding of how robotic technology affects society.
The event will run from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at the University of La Verne 1201 24th Street, Suite D-200 Bakersfield, CA 93301
Admission is free.
Robot Party website
1201 24th Street, Suite D-200
Brilliant musicmakers are allied with fantastical robotic instruments in this paradigm-shifting performance that invokes “samsara”—the Sanskrit concept of the cycle of birth, life, death, and reincarnation—as the Machine Orchestra offers musical interpretations of several traditional Indian fables drawn from the Panchatantra and the Jataka Tales. Musicians, electro-mechnical instruments, dancers, and multiple speakers are dispersed in and around the audience for this “rebirth” of ancient morality tales in the technologically ingenious 21st century. Samsara is directed by Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling. Special guest artists include interactive electronic performers Curtis Bahn and Tomie Hahn, choreographer Raakhi Kapur and the legendary kinetic sculptor and musician Trimpin.
KarmetiK Machine Orchestra: Samsara website
631 West 2nd Street
Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a student organization at UC Berkeley that encourages underprivileged high schools from the Bay Area into STEM by hosting annual robotics competitions. PiE offers two main resources for each high school team: a full-fledged robotics kit designed, developed, and manufactured in-house and trained UC Berkeley college students as mentors.
The 8-week-long competition season culminates in the high school teams competing their robots against other teams' robots in a challenge created by PiE.
Scrimmage is the dry-run for the Final Competition, at which teams test their robots on the field against competitors in order to decide how they can improve their robots before the Final Competition.
Pioneers in Engineering
Hearst Memorial Mining Building
The VEX Robotics World Championship is a gathering of top robotics teams from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with/against the best of the best. The 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship will include top teams from over 230 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world from May 2012 to March 2013. Teams will play the game Sack Attack for the 2012-2013 season.
VEX Robotics World Championships website
800 W. Katella Avenue
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team 3509 PHOENXTRIX will demo their robot at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California Sierra Chapter
FTC Team 3509 PHOENXTRIX
220 Harvard Street
FIRST Tech Challenge (FC) team 3509 PHOENXTRIX will demo their robot at El Dorado District Recognition Dinner
3431 Hacienda Road
During the Engineering Fair at Folsom High School, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team 3509 PHOENXTRIX will demo their robots
1655 Iron Point Road
The olympics of robots! Teams from around the world bring thousands of robtos to compete in 60 different robot competitions, in hopes of winning gold, silver, or bronze medals.
10th Annual International RoboGames website
Roborodentia is an annual robotics competition at Cal Poly held during Cal Poly Open House in April. Last year's competition drew over 1000+ spectators and approximately 17 robot entries and teams. This year's competition is a head-to-head double elimination tournament where the object of the competition is to collect small cans. Organized by Eta Kappa Nu, this year's Roborodentia is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013 as part of the Cal Poly Open House activities.
Roborodentia XVII website
Cal Poly Computer Engineering
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo,
MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 22 regional contests that take place across U.S. and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Japan, and Egypt. Student teams from upper elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H, participate. The competition consists of three different "classes" that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.
Monteray Bay Regional MATE ROV Competition website
MATE Monterey Bay
100 Mariner Way
Northern California BotBall Tournament website
1776 Educational Park Drive
A celebration of robots at the Long Beach Sea Base! Please bring your robot to share! Lots of robots, electronics, hands on, drawn, and more!
We will also kick off the BrickQuilt project!
Will you be able to build your next robot at home from parts made on a 3D printer? Will a DARPA contest give birth to a new generation of humanoid rescue or helper robots? And when did Google become a robotics company, anyway?
Robots have always excelled at dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs like building cars, finding nuclear-reactor leaks, or exploring the oceans and planets, but now they're turning up in all sorts of new and surprising places, and being groomed to work right alongside humans. They're driving on our highways, moving medical supplies, connecting remote workplaces, and even teaching our children. If the next big frontier for robots is the home, the hospital, or the classroom, what does that mean for the businesses buying robots, the people working with them, and the inventors building them? At Xconomy's third annual robotics forum—hosted by SRI International during National Robotics Week—we'll grapple with the social, economic, and entrepreneurial questions arising as the robotics revolution hits home.
Helen Greiner, Founder and CEO, CyPhy Works
Scott Hassan, CEO, Suitable Technologies
Curt Carlson, President and CEO, SRI International
Brian Gerkey, CEO, Open Source Robotics Foundation
Vikas Gupta, Founder and CEO, Play-i
Rich Mahoney, Director of the Robotics Program, SRI International
David Mindell, Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, MIT
Keller Rinaudo, CEO, Romotive
Melonee Wise, Co-founder and CEO, Unbounded Robotics
John Markoff, Senior Writer, The New York Times
Registration & Networking: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Program: 1:00 - 5:30 pm
Networking reception: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Xconomy Presents Robo Madness 2014 website
333 Ravenswood Avenue
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