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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!
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.
FIRST FRC Midwest Regional website
FIRST Illinois Robotics
525 S. Racine Ave.
Celebrate National Robotics Week 2016 by checking out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, watching a live robotics competition and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots. All activities are included in Museum Entry.
Robot Block Party website
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr
First Robotics team 4187, the ROBORAMS, will be hosting a Robotics Expo on April 9th, 2016 in conjunction with Jefferson County 4-H. There will be Industrial robotics, Agricultural automation, Bomb squad robots, and more on display. There will be student led robotics competitions and learning opportunities for all ages.
Robotics Expo website
Team 4187 ROBORAMS
7274 42nd and Broadway
Celebrate National Robotics Week at the library! Come see LEGO WeDo creations made by participants in our Junior First LEGO League, and then have fun learning how to make your own. We'll also have all sorts of other robotics and programming activities for you to try including Sphero Balls, Makey Makey's, and Little Bits! It'll be sure to be fun for the whole family.
Totally Rad Robotics Expo at the Library! website
South Holland Public Library
16250 S Wausau
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.
Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document robots in a hands-on project.
Greater Chicago Regional Botball website
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams are about to learn that throwing something in the trash is only the beginning. In the 2015-2016 WASTE WISESM Challenge, over 34,500 children ages 6 to 9 from 18 countries will look at trash in a whole new way. From reducing, to reusing, to recycling, and beyond, find out what making trash really means. This Expo will be the culmination of the season for Jr. FIRST LEGO League teams as they come together to share what they have learned and created this season.
Central Illinois Jr. FLL Expo website
5250 Shepherd Road
Kids team up with their adults to build and code a working LEGO robot! Program Room
Barrington Area Library website
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Highway
The MATE Center uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.
2016 MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition website
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
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