National Robotics Week takes place from April 5-13, and Empow Studios is celebrating with a full week of awesome activities. Kids can have fun trying out all sorts of things from the exciting world of robot technology, and most events are free!
Bonus: Anyone who attends one of our National Robotics Week events can enter into a drawing to win a Sphero 2.0 – a robotic ball that you can control with your smartphone, race with friends, and use to antagonize pets (and maybe even very tolerant small children!).
Here’s our schedule of events. All activities take place at Empow Studios, 1776 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. Pre-registration is not required, but recommended, as seating is limited. Click through to the calendar listing for registration information*.
April 5 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Free
iRobot designs and builds robots that real people use in their daily lives. Learn about the ways these robots are helping people in today’s world through videos and demonstrations. Then, kids have the chance to touch and play with iRobot robots like the Roomba (the well known Robot Vacuum Cleaner), the Scooba (a wet floor Robot Cleaner), the Looj (A Gutter Cleaning Robot), and the First Look (take a look at it to figure out what it can do).
April 6 @ 4 pm – 7 pm | Free
Learn how to make awesome robots that can help you understand and explore the world around you. There will be a variety of hands on activity stations where you can program robots to navigate mazes, compete in races, and conquer all sorts of challenges.
Come play with us and discover how fun an easy robotics can be! Participants will have the opportunity to talk with technology professionals with a passion for robotics and education.
Wolfram Research is one of the world’s most respected computer, web, and cloud software companies. It is the creator of Mathematica, used by engineers and educators worldwide, and the newly launched Connected Devices Project, which seeks to catalog every electronic device and household appliance that makes up the Internet of Things.
April 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Free
Make your own artistic robot! We’re recycling keyboards, computer mice, laptops and a variety of retired electronics to make some creative robot sculptures. Come and make your own robot friend – sculptures will be taken home.
No technical expertise required – this is just creative fun.
April 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Free
Explore our Robot Zoo and generations of movable LEGO! Empow Master Builders have assembled a variety of interactive LEGO builds for you to check out, including the new Ev3.
April 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | $15 Members, $20 Non Members
Start some stop motion robots! Students learn the principles of stop motion animation while making a robot-themed movie. After learning our special animation software, students will make their story, create their artwork and film their masterpiece! All final movies will be available for home viewing.
April 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Free
Kids will have a blast at our Robotics Video Night! From robotics pets to self-driving cars, we’re showcasing a variety of entertaining and educational videos exploring the wide world of robotics!
April 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Free
Use your imagination and make-a-bot! Boxes, tin foil, paper towel tubes, construction paper, cans, plastic ups and paint- use it all and construct your own crafty robot!
April 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm | $15 Members, $20 Non Members
Love LEGO\u2122? You’ll love LEGO Robotics! Students work in pairs and follow our expert building plans to build awesome NXT projects and make their creations move using an NXT programming language. Our teachers explain our specialty LEGO pieces and help all students understand principles of construction and movement. LEGO projects are not taken home, but photos of the event will be available to all participants.
* Registration note: For all events, children 7 years old and younger must be with a parent. When registering, please register only the children – parent registration is not required.
You can learn more about National Robotics Week here.