You may already be aware, but National Robotics Week starts this coming Saturday. This celebration, which takes place April 5-13, 2014, provides a number of ideas, activities, and resources for those who wish to explore and highlight the field of robotics. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with why robotics is important to society, the celebration’s website says it best:
“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. Robotics Week is a week-long series of events and activities 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.”
Yet it is true that the field of robotics can seem somewhat daunting to newcomers. To add our contribution to National Robotics Week, we have created a robotics-themed Scavenger Hunt for the month of April. This “Design a Bot” scavenger hunt acquaints students (and everyone else) with the week-long celebration of robotics, and provides an opportunity to envision their very own bots.This hunt will help students find their way to a starting point in robotics, and ultimately will introduce them to some professionals in the field. So if you feel like celebrating National Robotics Week at home or in your classroom—and we really, really think you should—we hope that this fun activity will find a way into your weekly repertoire! So check it out, will ya?