National Robotics Week 2014 was pretty great, with 220 events all over the United States. National Robotics Week 2015, which started this weekend and will continue until April 12, is topping 250 events (!). Are you ready?
“Last year, over 220,000 people participated in the events and I’m sure this year will be equally large,” says Lisa Freed, STEM program manager at iRobot and National Robotics Week lead coordinator.
Freed says there are more K-12 schools organizing events this year, including outside major cities and in rural towns. “The message is carrying down and the kids are getting exposed to STEM and robotics,” she says.
And once again, IEEE Spectrum teamed up with iRobot and Georgia Tech to create a set of “trading cards” featuring famous robots developed by U.S. companies and researchers. You can see this year’s complete set (and download and print it) here.
“I think just the fact we can hit all 50 states says that robotics really is taking off and the industry is strong across the U.S.,” Freed says.
As per usual, the San Francisco area and Boston have the most going on, like:
Silicon Valley Robot Block Party
Celebrate National Robotics Week with Silicon Valley Robotics at WilmerHale in Palo Alto on April 8 2015 from 12 to 4pm. See the most advanced robotics research in Silicon Valley, the hottest robot startups, the coolest robot companies and all the just plain fun robots you can imagine. This will be our sixth year of holding the most amazing Robot Block Party ever, so whether you know your way around with lidar and ROS or just want to make a robot dance - come join us! It's a free event and open to the public from 12-4pm.
Cambridge Science Festival Robot Zoo
Back for its 3rd year! Explore amazing robotics technology and activities from organizations throughout the World. You definitely don’t want to miss this! From Legos to drones to underwater robots to the iRobot Roomba- we'll have it all!
For the rest of the events, check out the full list here.
Evan Ackerman is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics and technology. He has a degree in Martian geology and is excellent at playing bagpipes.
Erico Guizzo is the digital product manager at IEEE Spectrum. He oversees the operation, integration, and new feature development for all digital properties and platforms, including the Spectrum website, newsletters, CMS, editorial workflow systems, and analytics and AI tools. He’s the cofounder of the IEEE Robots Guide, an award-winning interactive site about robotics. An IEEE Member, he is an electrical engineer by training and has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT.