The fourth annual National Robotics Week, April 6-14, 2013, will bring together engineers, scientists, students and families to share a passion for technology and learning.
Working with NASA and iRobot, the National Robotics Week Advisory Council will debut inspirational videos and content at events around the country (U.S.) in a push to excite the next generation of innovators about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
A NASA video featuring Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” and flight director for Mars rover Curiosity, along with content focusing on other NASA role models will premiere at science centers, museums and robot events across the country.
Meanwhile, leading brand agency Dentsu has announced the selection of the names “Kirobo” and “Mirata” for the two humanoid communication robots being developed under the Kibo Robot Project. (Read: Kirobo and Mirata Robots Can Talk to You from Space)
More than 125 robot events in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico are planned by robotics industry leaders, institutions and universities, including iRobot, Stanford University, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, and Michigan Robotics.
Congress established National Robotics Week in 2010 to raise awareness about robots and their important role in shaping the future of education, industry and the U.S. economy.
As a founding co-sponsor of National Robotics Week, iRobot actively promotes technology education through its own outreach initiatives, including Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge (SPARK). SPARK uses the wonder and genius of robots to elevate K-12 students’ interest in STEM subjects.