National Robotics Week

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April 4-12 is National Robotics Week 2015, the sixth annual celebration of all things automated. Events are planned nationwide to showcase the growing importance of robots in the United States.

Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM) will host its own event, featuring demos of robots and tours of labs on campus, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Last year we debuted something special for you: IRIM teamed up with IEEE Spectrum and iRobot to create a second set of our popular robot trading cards. This national deck features ten famous robots developed by companies and researchers in the U.S. If your favorite robot is not included, don’t worry—we plan to make more cards for 2015. In the meantime, don’t forget about IEEE Spectrum’s award winning, internationally acclaimed Robots for iPad app, which you can get for FREE on iTunes.

Click on the cards to see the coaches, stats, and fun facts for the hottest robot teams around. All that’s missing in these dynamic decks is gum!

2015 Event Information 

Event Date

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Event Schedule

Students attending both the morning and afternoon sessions will tour different robotics labs; the sessions are not duplicates.​

9:00      Check-in for Tours Begins (Outside CCB Bldg.—Klaus Atrium in case of rain)
9:30      Tours Depart—Morning Session
11:45    Lunch (Klaus Atrium)
12:45    Check-in for Tours Begins (Klaus Atrium)
1:00      Tours Depart—Afternoon Session
3:00      Event Concludes

Registration Details

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Registration is limited and submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the registration form early to ensure your student or student group can be accommodated. When registration has reached the maximum number of attendees, the registration form will be turned off. At that time, you are welcome to contact us by email at IRIM@cc.gatech.edu to be placed on our waiting list. 
  • We are unable to accommodate students enrolled in pre-K or K-5 programs, or children who have not yet reached pre-K age.
Required Consent Forms

To attend the event, each student must have a parent or legal guardian complete a Parental Release Form, related to liability, and a Model Release Form, related to the use of photographs and video footage taken during the event. Chaperones should also complete the Model Release Form. These forms may be collected, scanned, and emailed in one file to IRIM@cc.gatech.edu prior to the event, or the primary point of contact may present paper copies of the signed forms during check in.

Event Parking

Personal vehicles should park in a campus visitor’s lot. The two closest locations are the Area 4 Lot, located at the intersection of Ferst Dr. and State St., and the Area 5 Lot (W23 Deck), located on State St., close to the intersection of 10th St.

Personal Vehicle Parking Fees
  • The Area 4 Lot fee rate is $2.00 per hour, payable in advance by cash or card.
  • The Area 5 Lot fee rate varies by total hours parked, from $1.50 for up to one hour to $15.00 for six–24 hours. 
  • More information about visitor parking is available on the GT Parking & Transportation Services website
Bus Parking Details

There is no charge to park buses in the designated area on Tech Parkway NW. Buses should plan to drop students off at the intersection of Ferst Dr. and Atlantic Dr. where signs will be posted directing them to the nearby check-in location. Afterwards, bus drivers who elect to remain on campus must park on Tech Parkway NW.

Attire

Regardless of whether you are signing up for just one or both tour sessions, walking outdoors is a necessary component of this event. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, which in Atlanta during spring may change with little advanced warning. Transportation will be provided to some of the more remote tour locations on campus.

Lunch

Lunch will be held in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building atrium. Students have the option of bringing a brown bag lunch or visiting the Georgia Tech student center to purchase a lunch. The student center offers a full-range of items in the food court, as well as additional options in the commons area, and is located ​less than a three minute walk from Klaus. Beverages will be provided to all students.

Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics and the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), will address participants during lunch. Our graduate students who are conducting robot demonstrations will be available to answer questions and provide additional information about their research projects. Also, representatives from the College of Computing’s Office of Outreach, Enrollment and Community will be in attendance to answer questions about college admissions and program requirements.

National Robotics Week T-shirts and Other Products

Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog is the official mascot of National Robotics Week. T-shirts and other Bleeker-branded products are available for purchase in the “Bleeker Store” on the CafePress website. (Please note: The 2015 National Robotics Week Bleeker logo is not yet available in the online store.) 

Additional Questions

If you have questions that are not answered on this page or in the additional details provided during the registration process, please contact IRIM@cc.gatech.edu.

Registration Form

 
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Registration Category
Please answer this question first. The subsequent registration components displayed will change based upon your response to this initial question.

If you are submitting a registration on behalf of a school sponsoring an official field trip, please select option one. If you are submitting a registration for an individual student, please select option two. (Option two provides a space to designate if more than one student is attending the event together—e.g., a group of home-schooled students.)

Official School Trip Group Registration

Preliminary Information
Groups attending both the morning and afternoon sessions will tour different robotics labs; the sessions are not duplicates.
Lunch Options

A lunch period is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Students may bring a brown-bag lunch or visit the Georgia Tech Student Center, which offers a full-range of items in the food court, as well as additional options in the commons area.

Contact Information

Please provide the name of an adult who will accompany students at the event. This person will serve as the primary contact for follow-up communications about your registration and will also be the person who will check in the group onsite on April 8.

Please provide a mobile number so that we may reach you on the day of the event, if necessary.
Please provide an alternate phone number at which you may be contacted. This number may be the school's main office number.
School Information
Grade Levels Attending

Please select the grade level that represents the composition of your group. You may select more than one option. PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accommodate students enrolled in pre-K or K-5 programs, or children who have not yet reached pre-K age.

Student Information

Please provide the first and last names of each student attending. You may type—or cut and paste a list—in the text area below. Alternatively, you may upload an Excel or csv file containing the first and last names of each student attending.​ 

PLEASE NOTE: Every student who attends the National Robotics Week event at Georgia Tech must have a parent or legal guardian complete and sign a copy of the Parental Release Form. Additionally, because photographs and videos are often captured during the event, every student must also have a parent or legal guardian complete and sign a copy of the Model Release Form.

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: xls xlsx csv.
Special Accommodations

Individual Student Registration

Preliminary Information
Students attending both the morning and afternoon sessions will tour different robotics labs; the sessions are not duplicates.
Lunch Options

A lunch period is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Students may bring a brown-bag lunch or visit the Georgia Tech Student Center, which offers a full-range of items in the food court, as well as additional options in the commons area.

Contact Information

Please provide the name of an adult (parent/guardian/chaperone) who will accompany the student at the event. This person will serve as the primary contact for follow-up communications about your registration and will also be the person who will check in the student onsite on April 8.

Please provide a mobile number so that we may reach you on the day of the event, if necessary.
Student Information

PLEASE NOTE: Every student who attends the National Robotics Week event at Georgia Tech must have a parent or legal guardian complete and sign a copy of the Parental Release Form. Additionally, because photographs and videos are often captured during the event, every student must also have a parent or legal guardian complete and sign a copy of the Model Release Form.

School Information

If you selected “yes” to the previous question, please complete the following information about the participating student’s school:

Grade Level

Please select the grade level that best describes the student attending. PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accommodate students enrolled in pre-K or K-5 programs, or children who have not yet reached pre-K age.

Additional Students

If other students will attend the event together with this student, you will be asked to create a nickname for your group so that we may plan ahead to keep the students together during the laboratory tours. Please use the same nickname when registering additional students who will attend together—e.g., if several students from Destiny Home School consortium plan to attend, then all parents should use “Destiny Home School” (or similar) in the nickname field when submitting a registration. 

PLEASE NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep groups in the same tour sessions. All members of the group must arrive at the same time in order to be kept together. Also, large groups may need to be separated into two or more tour sessions. 

Please use the same nickname when registering additional students who will attend together—e.g, if several students from Destiny Home School consortium plan to attend, then all parents should use “Destiny Home School” (or similar) in the nickname field when submitting a registration.
Special Accommodations