Our lab, in collaboration with UW-Madison IEEE Robot Team, hosted a day-long educational experience, contributing to the National Robotics Week on April 16, 2010. The event attracted several groups including K-12 students, teachers, parents, and members of the university–those particularly interested in robotic technology. It was a wonderful experience for us to present our work to the general public and promote science and technology, particularly computer science and robotics. We plan to host this event annually and invite those who attended the event and others to see developments in our work in next year’s event. We are also creating a daylong summer camp to be first held in the Summer of 2010. Interested students and parents should follow the “Outreach” section of our lab webpage for details.

Wakamaru welcoming IEEE Robot Team's Paradroid Wakamaru greets Bucky
Wakamaru welcoming visitors IEEE Robot Team Wakamaru greets Bucky

About National Robotics Week

National Robotics Week 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. Robotics is positioned to fuel a broad array of next-generation products and applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing, health-care, 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 week-long 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.

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