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Robotics have taken the world by storm throughout the year of 2015, but the first ever UK Robotics Week is set to take place in 2016 from 25th June to 1st July. This fantastic idea is welcomed by all in the robotic and automation industry, with many more robotics enthusiasts joining the fan group too.
The aim of the Robotics Week is highlight the robotics innovation that has taken place in the UK and try to further engage the younger generation through a series of competitions. Although the week is 7 months away, put the date in your diary to ensure you don’t miss out on the week full of events, latest innovations and much more.
Robotics is one of the eight great technologies identified as key to future UK growth and with the event in June 2016 being backed by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, IET and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; it is made clear that the event is widely supported.
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson, explained, “From driverless cars to tiny surgical robots, there is an array of exciting possibilities in robotics that can improve our lives.
“It’s critical that we inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to help develop these new technologies. I strongly encourage schools across the country to get involved in this robot design challenge as part of the first ever UK Robotics Week.”
One of the main attractions throughout the week will be the School Robot Challenge. Children between the ages of 4-17 will be invited to submit essays and artwork based on bioinspired robots. They will also have the opportunity to design and build their very own robot bug, with access to design repositories as well as optional 3D-printing and robotics kits.
The week will also showcase a number of academic challenges revolving around surgical robots, field robotics, autonomous driving and unmanned aerial vehicles. Everyone involved with the organisation and creation of the event to date are positive this will be a great success, but also turn into an annual event.