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It’s National Robotics Week: Save the World…Build a Robot!

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That’s right, iD Techies! April 5-13 marks this year’s National Robotics Week, supported by a variety of tech industry leaders like Autodesk®, The Tech Museum, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and many more.

According to the official Advisory Panel, the purpose of National Robotics Week is to boost ”public awareness of the growing importance of ‘robo-technology’ and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States.”


Image from nationalroboticsweek.org. Header image from irobot.com.

But how exactly does robotics impact the world around us?

Robotics touches a diverse array of fields including health-care, manufacturing, national defense and security, food, and transport. Know what that means? Lots of jobs. According to code.org, there will be over 1 million open STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs by 2020. Many will involve robotics engineering.

Lately, social media and news outlets are brimming with robotics success stories, particularly those related to health breakthroughs. Remember when we blogged about the dedicated dad who used a 3D printed to engineer a prosthetic hand for his disabled son? Read more here. Or how The Walk Again Project is planning to help a paralyzed teen deliver the ceremonial first kick at the 2014 World Cup? Read more here.

Stay tuned for more inspiring robotics stories later this week. In the meantime, check out our popular summer robotics courses for kids and teens:

What will YOU create this summer?

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