Since the launch of National Robotics Week in 2010, Georgia Tech has participated annually in the event by sponsoring an open house and conducting lab tours and demonstrations for middle school and high school students.
More than 400 students participated in Tech’s 2013 event held on April 10, with one group traveling from Tennessee to attend. Tours were held in multiple locations, offering participants a chance to learn more about research projects in 16 different robotics labs.
In honor of the 2013 event, IRIM produced a set of baseball-like trading cards featuring some of our most talented and productive players. Download a complete set of all 14 cards to learn more about our robots and researchers.
National Robotics Week was established by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution to recognize robotics technology as a pillar of the 21st century and to leverage its ability to inspire technology education. Visit the official site to learn more about the nationwide event.
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
9:30 Tours Depart—(Morning Session)
12:45 Check-in for Tours Begins
1:00 Tours Depart—(Afternoon Session)
3:00 Event Concludes
- 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. We will maintain a waiting list, and we will contact the registrants on the waiting list as openings become available.
- 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.
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.
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 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. The store will soon be updated to include products sporting the 2014 version of the National Robotics Week logo.
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.