[robotics-worldwide] Add or create an event for National Robotics Week

Frank Tobe @ The Robot Report ftobe at therobotreport.com
Tue Feb 9 07:52:49 PST 2010

The first annual National Robotics Week will be held from April 10-18, recognizing 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. Robotics is positioned to fuel a broad array of next-generation products and applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare, national defense and security, agriculture and transportation. At the same time, robotics is proving to be uniquely adept at enabling students of all ages to learn important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and at inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. During National Robotics Week, a weeklong series of events and activities is aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology” and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States.

National Robotics Week is a product of a 2009 effort by leading universities and companies to create a “national roadmap” for robotics technology, which was initially unveiled at a May 2009 briefing by academic and industry leaders to the Congressional Caucus on Robotics. U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14), co-chair of the caucus, and other members have submitted a formal resolution asking Congress to support the designation of the second full week in April as National Robotics Week.

“During National Robotics Week, we are asking people to ‘experience the possibilities’ that come from using robotics technology in everyday life,” said Rep. Doyle. “From schools to the workplace to healthcare, robotics will play a huge role in making life easier for everyone and will be a significant area of job growth and development in the decades ahead.”

The current effort is being coordinated by a National Robotics Week Advisory Council, organized by iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) and The Technology Collaborative, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit economic development organization, along with a number of other companies, universities and organizations, including: Adept Technology (NASDAQ: ADEP); the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); AUVSI Foundation; Botball® (KISS Institute for Practical Robotics); Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh; FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Georgia Institute of Technology; Infamous Robotics; Innovation First International; Johns Hopkins University; MIT; Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; Museum of Science, Boston; Robotic Industries Association (RIA); The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley; Stanford University; University of Massachusetts Lowell; University of Pennsylvania; and University of Southern California.

During National Robotics Week, numerous public events and activities will be held in cities across the country, including:

Boston, Mass.
New England Botball Regional Tournament and New England Botfest, University of Massachusetts Lowell, April 10
Robot Block Party, Museum of Science, April 17
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute 30th Anniversary Open House
Announcement of the Class of 2010 Robotics Hall of Fame Inductees
Carnegie Science Center Café Scientifique Event
Philadelphia, Pa.
University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab Open House
Washington, D.C.
AUVSI Sponsored Unmanned Systems Day on Capitol Hill, Rayburn House Office Building, April 15
Congressional Caucus on Robotics Briefing
CSM VEX Robotics Challenge, College of Southern Maryland, April 10
Greater D.C. Botball Regional Tournament, Woodson High School, April 17
San Francisco, Calif.
Young Innovators Day, The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley, April 11
Robot Block Party, Stanford University, April 14
Robots in Action, Adept Technology, April 16
Los Angeles, Calif.
USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems Open House
El Cajon, Calif.
Southern California Botball Regional Tournament, Cuyamaca College, April 10
Atlanta, Ga.
FIRST Championship, The Georgia Dome, April 15-17
Georgia Tech Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines Open House
Baltimore, Md.
Johns Hopkins University Open House
Marion, Ohio
National Robotics Challenge, April 15-17
Create or add your own event.

To learn more about National Robotics Week events and activities, or to find other robotics-related resources and information, please visit:www.nationalroboticsweek.org.

Frank Tobe
The Robot Report
Tracking the business of robotics
Santa Barbara, CA
805 895-4141
Blog: Everything-Robotic

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