Tag Archives: Robotics

Robofest 2018

Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of physical science, computer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Students design, construct, and program the robots. Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots.

Teams compete in the junior (grades 5-8), senior (grades 9-12), and college divisions. For RoboParade junior includes 4th grade. Student teams, composed of up to five members each, can participate in a variety of events:

Game Competition – A team of students competes to accomplish robotics missions using autonomous robots. Game especially puts math skills to the test.
Exhibition – Each team has complete freedom to show off any creative computer programmed robotics R&D project.
Vision Centric Challenge – Advanced category for Sr. high school and college students.
Bottlesumo – Be the first robot to push intentionally a bottle off the table OR be the last robot remaining on the table. (Level: beginners)
RoboParade – A parade of autonomous robotic floats (Level: beginners)

Support your local geek and nerd events.
For more info, check out:
www.robotfest.net
https://www.facebook.com/robofest

Events for the Week Oct 9th-15th

Dolls, Steampunk, Fantasy, Comics and Spookiness are in store for you this week. Enjoy.

Don’t know what to do for the week? Well, check out what’s going on for this weekend.

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Run for Robots 5k

ATTRACTIONS: Kick off the fall season with a run/walk in Lapeer’s beautiful Rowden park trail.
Although a fun race for everyone, it will still be timed for participants who like to have those numbers!
The Chimeras will also have interactive robot demonstrations in the pavilion before and after the event, so participants can get a glimpse at what the team does.

PURPOSE OF THE EVENT: To raise funds for The Chimeras FIRST Robotics Competition Team. They are a free to play, high school aged team, who count on generous donations, investors and fundraising to keep the team running. Proceeds will help pay for robot parts, competitions, travel & other expenses which can be near $50,000 a year.

Being a part of a robotics team impacts students in ways that are life changing. A wide array of skills learned that are valuable for future careers, scholarships earned, job ready at graduation, youth mentoring, volunteering, leadership and relationships that build character. It’s an experience like no other and definitely more than just robots! Supporting this program helps to shape these students lives!

CHARITY DONATION:This year the team also wanted to help another important non-profit in our area,The Family Literacy Center. 10% of all our proceeds will go to this charity to further support education in our community. Please see their website for more details on all they do for our community and the programs they run. www.readlapeer.org

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/152307485315646/
http://www.first1684.com/robotrun.html

Events for the Week Sept 25th-Oct 1st

The last week of a ren faire, two pop culture events, a robotics fundraiser and a Hot Wheels meet up is in store for this week. Enjoy.

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire 2017

The 4th Annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is back on August 19 & 20, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering. Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new. The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20.

Featuring both established and emerging local makers, the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring robotics, DIY science and technology, sustainability and alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food and educational installations. Visitors will see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators and tinkerers.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://www.makerfairegr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/makerfairegr

Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition State Championship

Join us for the annual Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) State Championship at the Ryder Center in Saginaw!

The 160 top-ranked teams in the state will compete for our state’s 82 spots to attend the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Support your teams and join the excitement of FIRST! The event is FREE and open to the public.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://www.firstinmichigan.org/events/eventInfo.php?id=70&program=frc
https://www.facebook.com/events/1115646838561416/

Events for the Week April 10th-16th

Toys, LARP, Fandom, and Robotics are in store for you this week. Venture forth with your geek flag flying high.

Don’t know what to do for the week? Well, check out what’s going on for this weekend.

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire 2016

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire is back for a third year! The 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire will be August 20 & 21, held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering. Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new. The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 21.

Featuring both established and emerging local makers, the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring robotics, DIY science and technology, sustainability and alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food and educational installations. Visitors will see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators and tinkerers.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://www.makerfairegr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/makerfairegr