Upcoming Robotics Workshops for Interested Youth and Volunteers

The Robotics Opportunities Committee of Western North Carolina (ROC) is pleased to announce upcoming FIRST Robotics and STEM opportunities for 2012, all open to the general public.

  • Thursday, May 10 we are hosting a 2012 FIRST Kickoff and General Information meeting at the Buncombe County Extension Office in Asheville (94 Coxe Ave) 5:30 to 7PM.  This is a great time to meet with others who are interested in FIRST and learn how to get involved.  Representatives from local teams, FIRST and the community will be present to answer questions. It’s also a chance to see how the local teams did in 2011 and so far in 2012, to see FRC and FLL robots in person, and hear from experienced FIRST veterans.  Please pass the word, more information on the ROC web site at www.rocwnc.org, click on “News”.
  • Thursday, May 24, also at the Buncombe County Extension Office in Asheville from 6:30 to 8:30PM we are hosting an “I want to start a FIRST Robot Team” meeting.  This is oriented to folks who are interested in learning what it takes to start (or continue), fund, run and succeed with a FIRST Robotics team — whether JFLL, FLL, FTC or FRC.  Representatives from local teams, FIRST and the community will be present to answer questions.  You will also learn about educational, team support, funding and other important resources that make your job easier!
  • Saturday, June 2, at the Buncombe County Extension Office from 10AM to 4PM, we will be holding a workshop: “Introduction to Robot Programming” for students and mentors who want to get a quick hands-on experience with programming a small mobile robot.  Each participant will use their own robot as they teach it to make music, follow a path, sense its surroundings and more.  No prior robot experience required, enrollment is limited, so sign up early.  Contact Holly Jordan at 4H for more information: holly_jordan@ncsu.edu
  • Saturdays, August 18 and 25 at the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville (NCCCR) we will be providing two days of NXT programming in a newly crafted workshop entitled “Beginning NXT Programming”.  This is a comprehensive experience for students and adult mentors, providing them with the tools they need to succeed in the FLL competitions.  Attendees will learn the basics of how to make the Lego NXT robot move accurately, follow lines, manipulate objects and much more.  This is a fun and challenging hands-on workshop, with carefully designed projects that teach the basics in a logical manner.  No prior robot experience required, limited enrollment, don’t miss out!  Signups will start soon, contact Neil at 828-484-4444 for more information.

Of course there’s lots more going on this summer, keep an eye on the ROC web site (www.rocwnc.org) for updates.

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