The fifth annual National Robotics Weekconcluded Sunday, April 13 following a week of educational events in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Events included everything from a robot zoo children’s museum exhibit featuring robotic animals, to a law school conference discussing the intersection of law, policy and robotic technology. All events support the goals of National Robotics Week, which aims to raise awareness about robots and their important role shaping the future of education, industry and the economy, and inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics or other science, technology, engineering or math-related fields.
Drawing on our wide range of robotic capabilities and the dedicated engineers behind them, we at Intelligrated joined in the fun, hosting a series of educational events at our robotics lab in St. Louis. We hosted students from the Jefferson College robotics program, Washington University in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Local elementary school students from the Rockwood school district will visit in May.
Each student group participated in interactive presentations by Intelligrated engineers, followed by tours of the manufacturing facility and robotics lab. Students picked the brains of engineers and experienced robotic technology firsthand. The students’ questions and enthusiasm made the events an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Further robotics events include the FIRST® Robotics championships in St. Louis, April 23-36. Dubbed, “the varsity sport for the mind,” the FIRST championships bring together students from around the world to construct competitive robots that can operate autonomously and by wireless controls to accomplish a variety of tasks dictated by game organizers. For more information on this year’s competition, click here.
Whether it involves building a competitive robot, grilling robotics engineers or simply experiencing robotic technology for the first time, National Robotics Week has something for everyone. We’re proud to be a part of this great event.