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Celebrate National Robotics Week with 5 Robot Challenges!

  • By: Kate Hay Published: 02 April, 2018 0 comments

National Robotics Week 2018

Although every week is robotics week here at Parallax, we are ready to celebrate National Robotics Week with our community by sending out a little challenge for the week of April 7th - 15th, 2018. Get those robots ready!

What is the purpose of National Robotics Week?

  • Celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields

Part challenge, part learning, and ALL celebration...

Join us every day by posting the results of your daily robot activity on one of our social media channels. For all the new educators taking our Professional Development courses across the country, this is a great way to learn more about your robot while building your skills. If you are currently using Parallax robots in the classroom, challenge your students with 1, 2 or all 5 days of the challenge.

  • Who: Parallax Community
  • What: Complete an activity challenge with your Parallax robot and post the results to our Forums, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to share - be sure to tag us! 
  • Where: The activities can be done independently (or with a group), and the celebration and sharing will take place online.
  • When: Week of April 7th - 15th
  • How: Find the daily challenges below

Monday, April 9th - Warming up with Robot Calisthenics:  The definition of calisthenics is ‘gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement’. Channel your inner Bob Harper or Kayla Itsines and get those robots moving… rolling… or showing some figure 8’s. Try Simple Motion with your Scribbler 3 (S3) Robot.

Tuesday, April 10th - Music to My Ears:  What fun is a robots if there's no music, sounds, or words to accompany its movements? Sounds can be alerts, beeps, your or your favorite music playing from an SD Card. Grab an S3 Robot and Experiment with Light and Sound.

Wednesday, April 11th - Lights, Camera, Action!  Roll out that red carpet and light up the stage with your robot. Take a picture and post how lights and actions blend for a formal debut of your robotic skills. Move over BB8, R2-D2, Night Rider and Optimus Prime. Watch Miguel's Night Rider Robot video and get inspired.

Thursday April 12th - “Message Me!”:  Urban Dictionary explains that telling a person to "message me" is the same as saying "text me", but sounds a lot cooler, and has a nicer ring to it. As one of the most advanced microcontrollers around, our robots are able to communicate in a variety of ways. For this challenge, let's have our robots stump the humans and message us a joke, riddle or inspiration. Teach your ActivityBot to Rock, Talk, and Roll.

Friday, April 13th - Friday Funnies:  Post your most silly or creative robot project. Or just dress your robot in a wacky disguise. Our most popular demo robot, Kitty Bot, was born when a Parallaxian tried to program a robot to behave more like their pet cat. Build your own KittyBot.