The events will be listed here in chronological order, focusing on the very largest -- and some are huge! The public is welcome at all these events and attendance is free and volunteerism strongly encouraged.
|FTC robot climbing a 5 foot tower. Note|
the smartphone used as the controller.
|FLL robots are 100% Lego parts. The|
focus is programming (aka "coding").
|VEX robots can be large & complex|
|Team 118 "Robonauts" from Clear Creek|
ISD are the current FRC World Champions!
Their robot starts out 5 feet tall and grows!
|A MATE ROV with 8 motors, 4 cameras,|
3D printed parts and Arduino control
Now for the really big news:
June 23-25, 2016: the MATE International ROV Championship will be in Houston at the NASA Neutral Bouyancy Lab. This happens only once every 10 years or so and features more than 60 teams from schools and universities all over the world! This is a rare opportunity to see some of the very best that educational robotics offers.
April 19-22, 2017: the FIRST Championship -- the largest educational robotics event in the world -- will take place in Houston! The event is so large it will use the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center -- all at the same time! The event was here in Houston once before (2003), but is now even larger and has committed to 4 consecutive years here. Between students, parents and mentors we're expecting upwards of 50,000 people to travel to Houston for this event. It will be an amazing spectacle of "Sport for the Mind (tm)" and we strongly encourage you to put it on your calendars now. And you thought having the Super Bowl here in Houston was big news.... ;-}
Other places to see large exhibitions of educational robotics in action: Robotics teams around Houston are happy and proud to show their robots and share their learning experiences, and do so through many small exhibitions throughout the year. But these 2 large events show an extensive array of most of the robotics programs, activities and hobbies from the Houston area -- actually a broader scope than just the educational robotics programs described above.
June 17-19, 2016: the Maker Hall in Comicpalooza at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There is a fee for entry but many things to do and see. It's difficult to get time from the students on robotics teams when they're at a competition event, but here they're happy to answer your questions and show you what they do.
November 2016 (specific dates to be announced soon): Houston Mini Maker Faire at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There is a modest fee for entry but many things to do and see. This event shows the widest range of robotics, including activities for anyone from very young children to the most advanced adults. We believe it shows the most diverse array of robotics of any event in the US. Exhibitors are happy to show you many details about robots of all kinds and share their experiences.
Check back here again in the next week or so as I post the 1st and 2nd sections of this series on competitive educational robotics in the greater Houston area.
Update 2/19/16: added example photos.