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National Robotics Week 2015

A Robot Block Party on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I., FIRST Robotics and LEGO League contests, and Botball regionals in New Mexico are just some of the 250-plus events taking place around the country from April 4 to 11, 2015 during National Robotics Week.

Designed to celebrate America’s preeminence in robotics and to advocate for STEM education and more funding for robotics research and development, the annual ‘bot fest includes classroom activities and online resources, iRobot’s  interactive robotics app for the iPad – free during RoboWeek, and a Design a ‘Bot scavenger hunt challenge.

There also are robotics trading cards!

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is sponsoring a Robots4US video contest for high school students on how robots could make a difference for society. The submission deadline is April 1, 2015.

Five winners, with one parent or guardian each, will be selected to attend the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals on June 5 and 6 in Pomona, Calif., and participate in June 7 event there to discuss their ideas and views with a panel of experts on robotics and society.

French robotics researchers develop robots to help children learn handwriting:

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