We encourage you to host a virtual event, or celebrate at home with your family group. Please check the state guidelines before considering a Robotics Week event.
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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!
We understand the challenges robotics classrooms face every day in terms of cost, number of robots, batteries, and homework. That is why we created Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW). With RVW, every student can experience the same benefits of learning robots, right on their computer. RVW currently simulates popular real-world VEX, LEGO, and TETRIX robots in a 3D environment; while using the same language, ROBOTC, to program both your virtual robot and your physical robot.
To help you get started and get a better understanding of what RVW can do, we are offering a FREE webinar on Google Hangout on Monday April 8 at 4pm EST with project manager, Jesse Flot, and some members of his team! We will show you a brief tutorial on the specific topic of the day then take a few questions from the Google Hangout chat or on twitter using hashtag #RVWHangout.
Using the RVW Curriculum Companion.
- Free ROBOTC Curriculum, including programming challenges.
- Programming challenges, along with the curriculum robots.
- Solve one of the challenges.
- Benefits of using RVW in addition to or in place of real robots.
- Badges with RVW and on CS2N.
Free Robot Virtual Worlds Webinar website
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).
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship website
Mid Atlantic Robotics
124 Goodman Drive
Come and explore the nuts and bolts of roboworld™ during a hands-on workshop and exclusive tour of the world's biggest permanent robotics exhibit.
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Overview and tour of the HERL (Human Engineering Research Lab) including a demo of robotic wheelchairs.
Innovation Works / University of Pittsburgh / Veterans Administration
6425 Penn Avenue
In celebration of National Robotics Week the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) Lab will host an open house on Friday, April 12th. Attendees will have a chance to explore GRASP facilities, view robot demonstrations and speak with robotics researchers. GRASP graduate students will be showing off robots that fly, perform surgery, play soccer, high-five, walk on two legs and climb poles. The event is free and open to K-16 groups. Registration is required.
UPenn GRASP Lab Open House website
3330 Walnut St.
Penn State Abington Regional Firefighting Robot Contest will be held Saturday April 13, 2013. Autonomous robots must navigate a maze, locate a lit candle, and extinguish the candle in minimum amount of time. There is also a multi-robot challenge and a robot talent show event. Registration is free. (This event is based on the Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest.)
Penn State Abington
1600 Woodland Road
12:00 p.m.: Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture in Robotics
Location: Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Gates and Hillman Centers
Pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Daniel H. Wilson , New York Times Bestselling Author and Roboticist
Title: Sci-fi Destroys the Future, Science Builds It
Abstract: Science fiction has long had a strong influence on real-world research and development, shaping the look and behavior of new inventions. But, so too have new advances worked to shape authors' sci-fi imaginings. From dystopia to utopia to boring old reality, how does the exchange of ideas between Hollywood and academia help prepare humankind for the disruptive changes that accompany brave new worlds of technology?
Bio: Daniel H. Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the techno-thriller Robopocalypse, as well as titles such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He has published over a dozen scientific papers, holds four patents, and has written eight books. Five of his books have been optioned for film, with Robopocalypse (Doubleday, 2011) in development to be the next film directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2008, Wilson hosted his own TV series, The Works, which aired on the History Channel in the United States and internationally. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
Teruko Yata was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute from 2000 until her untimely death in 2002. After graduating from the University of Tsukuba, working under the guidance of Prof. Yuta, she came to the United States. At Carnegie Mellon, she served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute for three years, under Chuck Thorpe. Teruko's accomplishments in the field of ultrasonic sensing were highly regarded and won her the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1999. It was frequently noted, and we always remember, that "the quality of her work was exceeded only by her kindness and thoughtfulness as a friend." Join us in paying tribute to our extraordinary colleague and friend through this most unique and exciting lecture.
A School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture
5000 Forbes Avenue
Working with a robotics curriculum based on the National Curriculum Standards and MIT mechanical engineering methodolgy, Southwewstern Pennsylvania students are taught to design, build and battle robots in a gladiator-style competition.
250 University Avenue
The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will celebrate the fourth annual National Robotics Week on April 19 with lectures, project demonstrations, the annual Mobot (mobile robot) races and a reception for Robotics Institute affiliated people.
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