Robotics Day: Leap Into Robotics Recap

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and all of the WID-TVC volunteers who helped in making the inaugural Robotics Day such a great success! This all-day event, open to 5th-8th graders, was held on February 29 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and included many stations and activities showing robotics in various industries and career paths.

WID-TVC proudly hosted 16 kids from Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Kids to Love. The children began with a warm welcome from WID and a private session of drone flights, made complete with an educational overview on drones.

Next, the children enjoyed a Planetarium show tailored towards robotics. They “flew” through the solar system and saw satellites, lunar and mars rovers, and the new European Space System solar explorer up close and personal! Participants enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria, typically reserved for Space Camp attendees, and then went to the Robotics Lab to build a “bristlebot” to take home.

After robot building, the group visited the Davidson Center to see the FIRST Robotics teams. Robot competitions ensued, and the kids were able to see all three levels of robots compete and show their abilities, to include the largest robot playing a game of dodgeball with the children!

Thank you to all who made this first-ever event so incredible!