We hope you had fun over the weekend, watching FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition team interviews and robot runs!  And we hope many of you are having fun participating in some of the other opportunities to play, like the CAD Challenge, putting together some dance videos for us, and essays and videos for the ROBOTICON Challenge. All of our non-robot challenge submission forms remain open !  Click the image at right for an updated ROBOTICON program, including info about our November 20th Game Night!

Presentations this Week

Week 1 of our two week long virtual ROBOTICON event kicks off tonight, November 10 at 6pm with a presentation by Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Les Kramer, a materials scientist who will be sharing his expertise on materials selection for robotics.

He will be followed at 7pm by a talk that every team should hear on The Importance of Documenting Everything, by our media partner, FIRST alum and long time FIRST volunteer, Scott Ertz, of PLUGHITZ Corp.  

Tune into the ROBOTICON Twitch channel starting at 6pm.  You can also find recordings of this past weekend’s events at there, and photos on our Facebook page.

The Rest of This Week’s Presentations

Wednesday Nov 11 at 5pm –  Military & Robotics – A Veterans Day Presentation by The Florida High Tech Corridor (sponsor)
Paul Sohl, the new CEO of the Florida High Tech Corridor is a Retired Navy Rear Admiral, and in recognition of Veterans Day, will talk about his career in the Navy and the use of robots in the military.

Wednesday Nov 11 at 6pm – RiSE! — Robotics in Space Exploration
Presented by José Cotayo with MOSI (Tampa Museum of Science and Industry)
This presentation will provide an overview of the various ways that robotics helps drive our understanding of Space. We’ll take a look at space exploration and how our robotic explorers have strengthened our knowledge of the Cosmos.

Thursday Nov 12 at 6pm – Interview with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor at AMRoC Fab Lab
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor drops by for a visit to AMRoC Fab Lab and shares her thoughts on the importance of community based, early access to STEM education programs, girls in science and tech fields and more.  You’ll also get a behind the scenes look at AMRoC Fab Lab, home to Florida’s only full scale FIRST Robotics Competition field and the only full program youth robotics facility in the state, providing programming for K-12 FIRST teams, VEX and more.

Thursday Nov 12 at 7pm – Resume Building
Presented by Ilene Rein with Pounding Pavement 101
Do you send your resume out and wonder why the phone is not ringing?  Ilene Rein, President of Pounding Pavement 101 and Professional Recruiter shares the inside secrets on how a Recruiter searches for candidates and what you can do to exponentially increase your chances of getting noticed and hired rapidly! This workshop is for seasoned professionals, college graduates and students, and high school students applying to college and jobs.

Saturday Nov 14 at 11am – Introduction to Counterfeit Parts & Inspection Analysis
Presented by Chris Torrioni with Sensible Micro Corporation (Sponsor)
The threat of substandard and counterfeit parts entering the electronics supply chain grows ever year. Many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) require obsolete parts to support active production needs. Being able to inspect and test parts accurately is vital to keeping supply chains safe. This workshop will focus on a brief introduction into how counterfeit parts get into the supply chain and how Sensible Micro utilizes industry recognized best practices to mitigate these risks.

Remote robot matches resume over the weekend!  And look on our Games page for our Scavenger Hunt list for another way to play along.

Go Teams!