National Robotics Week 2013 and NASA to Take STEM Out of This World

  National Robotics Week 2013 and NASA to Take STEM Out of This World

 More than 125 robotics-based events, demonstrations and workshops planned in
50 states to inspire the next generation of innovators in Science, Technology,
                         Engineering and Math (STEM)

Business Wire

BEDFORD, Mass. -- March 18, 2013

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 in a push to excite the next generation of innovators about
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). A NASA video featuring
BobakFerdowsi, 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.

Colin Angle, CEO and co-founder of iRobot, discusses robotics with students
from the Boston area dur ...

Colin Angle, CEO and co-founder of iRobot, discusses robotics with students
from the Boston area during National Robotics Week - Lipofsky Photography

More than 125 robot events across 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. According to the STEMconnector’s 2012 annual
report, “Where are the STEM Students?” science and engineering occupations are
expected to grow at double the rate (20.6 percent) of the overall United
States labor force (10.1 percent) through 2018, making STEM education not just
important for individual students but a critical path for the entire U.S.

Examples of National Robotics Week events:

  *Robot Zoo, Cambridge, MA (April, 13, 2013, 12 to 4 pm ET) –
    Representatives from iRobot, including CEO and Co-Founder Colin Angle, and
    the MassTLC will showcase amazing robotics technologies from over 30 New
    England organizations and educators.
  *Robot Block Party, Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, Stanford, CA
    (April 10, 2013, 1 to 6 pm PT) – Organized by Silicon Valley Robotics, the
    Robot Block Party is a job fair, robotics exhibition and celebration
    expected to draw over 2,000 people and more than 30 exhibitors.
  *Michigan Celebrates National Robotics Week, National Center for
    Manufacturing Sciences/ U Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (April 15, 2013, 9:00 am
    to 4:30 pm CT) – Michigan, fast becoming a hub for technology growth, will
    host area companies to show off how the region will help shape the
    robotics industry.
  *MSI Robot Block Party, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL (April
    6-14, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm CT) - The Museum is going robot crazy again
    and they’re inviting you to join the fun! MSI will demonstrate several
    robots from both the U.S. and Japan, offer lectures from top university
    scholars and hold special workshops and hands-on activities.

For events in your area or to list an event please visit:

“National Robotics Week celebrates the many ways robots can improve our lives
— they clean homes, protect our loved ones, save lives in hospitals and
perform important research throughout the Universe,” said Colin Angle,
chairman and CEO of iRobot. “iRobot is proud to have been a part of the
National Robotics Week initiative from the beginning and is excited to find
new ways to share our passion for technology with students and educators

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.

For more information about National Robotics Week, go to:

National Robotics Week is also on Twitter (@roboweek and #roboweek) and
Facebook (

About the National Robotics Week Advisory Council

The NRWAC’s goal is to recognize robotics technology as a pillar of 21st
century American innovation, highlighting its growing importance in a wide
variety of application areas and emphasizing its ability to inspire technology

The National Robotics Week Advisory Council is organized by iRobot Corp.
(NASDAQ: IRBT), along with a number of other companies, universities and
organizations including: the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International (AUVSI); AUVSI Foundation; Autodesk; Boy Scouts of America,
Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog, Carnegie Mellon University; Expo21XX; FIRST®(For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Georgia Institute Of
Technology; Infamous Robotics; Instructables; King Features Syndicate,
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; Museum of Science and Industry,
Chicago; National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; National Girls
Collaborative Project; Robotic Industries Association (RIA); RoboGames;
Stanford Center for Internet and Society; The Tech Museum; University of
Massachusetts Lowell; Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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National Robotics Week Advisory Council
Media Relations
Matthew Lloyd, 781-430-3720
Alexander Lyall, 212-453-2147
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