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National Robotics Week 2013

robotFrom regional FIRST Robotics competitions to a day of special events at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the country will mark National Robotics Week April 6 – 14 with a host of engaging, hands-on activities. Find activities in your area.

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Resources: Programs from the Navy

ONR logoThe Office of Naval Research provides several different outreach programs for students at different grade levels. The programs, which include competitions and afterschool engagement, range in size and mission.

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Elite STEM Teacher Corps Proposed

STEM Teacher CorpsA Capitol Hill proposal would create a Master Teacher Corps of the nation’s top STEM teachers, who would guide younger and less effective instructors. They would get extra pay, with more money going to those teaching at high-need public schools.

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Feature: Ready, Set, Roll Out the Robots!

The Day the Earth Stood StillWhat’s not to love about robots? They explore space, conduct surgery, and inspire movie fans and aspiring engineers alike. The second annual National Robotics Week rolls out April 9. What is your school doing to celebrate?

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Webpage: Robotics Clubs Information

A Student Creates A RobotThis informational Webpage on robotics clubs from RoboRealm provides resources and helpful tips for running a robotics club, as well as an international directory of clubs. It also features an online club that can be connected to from any location.

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Program: National Robotics Week. April 10-18, 2010

National Robotics Week, April 10-18, 2010, recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation, highlights its growing importance in a wide variety of application areas, and emphasizes its ability to inspire technology education. A week-long series of events and activities is planned to increase public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology.”

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Event: Robot Fest, Nat’l Electronics Museum, Linthicum, MD. April 24, 2010.

RobotFest is a free, one-day event that promotes creativity, technology, engineering and the sciences. Held at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland, April 24, 2010, 10am-3pm, RobotFest invites students of all ages and those with the unquenchable urge to create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics and mechanical parts of metal and plastic.

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Event: CSM VEX Robotics Challenge

The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus will be using the popular VEX Robotics Competition Clean Sweep game in their Senior division robotics competition on April 10. The Junior division, taking place on the same date, is called “The Save the Bay Robotics Competition,” and it consists of eight robotic challenges designed to mimic the types of tasks a robot would accomplish if it was cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The Junior division is for elementary and middle school students, while the Senior division is for high school students. This is a regional event that draws teams from Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

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Event: Regional Botball Tournaments

BotballBotball Tournaments are being held around the country. The Botball Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition based on national science education standards. By designing, building, programming, and documenting robots, students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning. These are the regional Botball tournaments for which the deadlines have not passed as of March 30.

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