Produced by Rhode Island Students of the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging STEAM literacy through youth robotics, and the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University, which studies the societal impact of robotics, the award-winning Robot Block Party includes hands-on robot demonstrations and displays from industry, universities, school groups and community organizations.
The National Robotics Week event, which won a RI Monthly “Best Of” award in 2015 and was featured in Fodor’s New England 2017 print edition, will draw more than 4000 spectators to Providence to interact with exhibits created by: Hasbro, Gibson Engineering, igus, the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, and the RI Computer Museum; faculty and students at Brown, RISD, URI, JWU, and RWU, and projects designed by students from local K-12 schools and community groups.
The Robot Block Party also hosts the Brown IEEE Robotics Olympiad, which brings teams of undergraduates from 10-12 universities across the country together for a micro-mouse competition. The Robot Block Party offers companies an opportunity to educate the public about the innovative use of robotics and to interact with their future workforce. For more information, visit www.risf.net.
(photos courtesy of Peter Goldberg)