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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!
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.
Midwest Regional website
FIRST Robotics Competition
525 S. Racine Ave
Swing like a monkey, fly like a bat, hop like a frog into the FIRST LEGO League Jr. CREATURE CRAZE season. Whether in zoos, on the farm, or in your own back yard, we all encounter animals in our lives. In the 2016-2017 CREATURE CRAZE Challenge, over 40,000 children will dive into the wonders of the animal kingdom. What will you learn about our furry, feathered, and finned friends?
Central Illinois FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo website
FIRST LEGO League Jr.
5250 Shepherd Rd.
Educators: Get an S3 Robot to keep, and a full day of hands-on Blockly visual programming instruction. This durable, popular robot is suitable for one-to-one use in 30–90 minute classroom sessions. With the S3 robot in a classroom, students have been known to stay in during breaks so they can keep programming!
All educators are invited to join this course, whether you are part of the Chicago Catholic school system, public schools, or are an at-home educator. You will be provided a new S3 robot at the course—it is yours to program and yours to keep.
Google Blockly setup for the S3 robot
Visual programming in Blockly and text-based coding in C
S3 robot hardware, on-board sensors, expansion port, and other capabilities
Programming precision motor control, LED control, line following, infrared object avoidance, light following, sound and music, and artwork.
Hacker port expansion for ultrasonic distance sensing, RF communication, and Sharpie pen-lifters
Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators.
S3 Robot Educator's Professional Development Course website
1443 W. Division St
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.
Greater St. Louis BotBall Tournament website
1 Hairpin Drive
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Celebration website
225 McHenry Rd
Buffalo Grove ,
The robots are coming—and they're here to help! Celebrate National Robotics Week by checking out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams, talking with University students about cutting-edge robotics research, watching mini robotics competitions and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots.
Robot Block Party website
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr
On April 8th the MVTHS ROBORAMS (F.I.R.S.T. robotics team 4187) will be hosting the 2nd annual robotics expo at the Times Square Mall in Mount Vernon, IL. An open Sumobot tournament will start at 11:00 am. Student built robots will be on display and demonstrating their talents.
Southern Illinois Robotics Expo website
Team 4187 ROBORAMS
SIGBOT is the Chicago chapter of the Special Interest Group for Robotics. Join us in building whatever wacky robotics projects we come up with and discuss what is happening in the world of robots.
SIGBOT Meeting website
3519 N Elston Ave
Join us at this very special expo at the Peoria Public Library. It will be a great experience for your FLL Jr teams.
Peoria FLL Jr Expo website
FIRST Illinois Robotics
3001 West Grand Pkwy
Greater Chicago BotBall Tournament website
6511 N. Sheridan Rd
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.
MATE Shedd Midwest Regional ROV Competition website
MATE Shedd Midwest
1425 Lincoln Hwy
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