The fourth annual National Robotics Week, April 6-14, 2013, will bring together engineers, scientists, students and families to share a passion for technology and learning. Working with NASA and iRobot, the National Robotics Week Advisory Council will debut inspirational videos and content at events around the country in a push to excite the next generation of innovators about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). A NASA video featuring Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s "Mohawk Guy” and flight director for Mars rover Curiosity, along with content focusing on other NASA role models will premiere at science centers, museums and robot events across the country.
- Robot Zoo, Cambridge, MA (April, 13, 2013, 12 to 4 pm ET) – Representatives from iRobot, including CEO and Co-Founder Colin Angle, and the MassTLC will showcase amazing robotics technologies from over 30 New England organizations and educators.
- Robot Block Party, Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, Stanford, CA (April 10, 2013, 1 to 6 pm PT) – Organized by Silicon Valley Robotics, the Robot Block Party is a job fair, robotics exhibition and celebration expected to draw over 2,000 people and more than 30 exhibitors.
- Michigan Celebrates National Robotics Week, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences/ U Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (April 15, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm CT) – Michigan, fast becoming a hub for technology growth, will host area companies to show off how the region will help shape the robotics industry.
- MSI Robot Block Party, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL (April 6-14, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm CT) - The Museum is going robot crazy again and they’re inviting you to join the fun! MSI will demonstrate several robots from both the U.S. and Japan, offer lectures from top university scholars and hold special workshops and hands-on activities.
Congress established National Robotics Week in 2010 to raise awareness about robots and their important role in shaping the future of education, industry and the U.S. economy. As a founding co-sponsor of National Robotics Week, iRobot actively promotes technology education through its own outreach initiatives, including Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge (SPARK). SPARK uses the wonder and genius of robots to elevate K-12 students’ interest in STEM subjects.For more information about National Robotics Week, go to: http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/. National Robotics Week is also on Twitter ( @roboweek and #roboweek) and Facebook ( facebook.com/roboweek). About the National Robotics Week Advisory Council The NRWAC’s goal is to recognize robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation, highlighting its growing importance in a wide variety of application areas and emphasizing its ability to inspire technology education. The National Robotics Week Advisory Council is organized by iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), along with a number of other companies, universities and organizations including: the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); AUVSI Foundation; Autodesk; Boy Scouts of America, Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog, Carnegie Mellon University; Expo21XX; FIRST®(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Georgia Institute Of Technology; Infamous Robotics; Instructables; King Features Syndicate, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; National Girls Collaborative Project; Robotic Industries Association (RIA); RoboGames; Stanford Center for Internet and Society; The Tech Museum; University of Massachusetts Lowell; Worcester Polytechnic Institute.