The second annual National Robotics Week will be held from April 9-17, 2011, with a weeklong series of events in a dozen U.S. locations aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology” and the social and cultural impact that it will have on how people live, work, and play.
National Robotics Week recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation and seeks to inspire students while building their interest in technology and innovation. Events include panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos, and tours of innovative labs.
National Robotics Week is a product of an 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 submitted a formal resolution (H.Res. 1055) that Congress passed on March 9, 2010 to support the designation of the second full week in April as National Robotics Week.
"Robotics provides an exciting, hands-on way for students to learn science, technology, engineering and math subjects, and the industry is poised to create many high-tech jobs in the U.S. in areas ranging from manufacturing to healthcare,” said Rep. Doyle.
The 2011 effort is coordinated by a National Robotics Week Advisory Council organized by:
• iRobot Corp., maker of military robots and home appliance robots
• The Technology Collaborative, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit economic development organization
Also a part of 2011 organization efforts:
• Adept Technology
• Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
• AUVSI Foundation
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh
• FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
• Infamous Robotics
• Innovation First International
• Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
• Museum of Science, Boston
• Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
• Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
• The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley
• Stanford University
Robotics technology is expected to fuel a broad array of next-generation products and applications. Robotics is also proving to be uniquely suited to 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.
National Robotics Week Events will be in:
• Boston, MA
• Pittsburgh, PA
• Chicago, IL
• Washington, DC area
• San Francisco Bay Area, CA
• Rocklin, CA
• Bloomington, IN
• Hilo, HI
• Durham, NC
• Orlando, FL area
• Branchburg, NJ
• Baltimore, MD
A full list of events is at:
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