So much is happening in robotics in Houston! Once again, Houston Mini Maker Faire the presents the largest and most-varied exhibition of robotics in Texas, for STEM education, development and hobbies. Visit these exhibits to gather important insights into how robotics education programs increase the power of STEM in school and at home.
- A large number of competitive educational robotics teams will be at Maker Faire to proudly demonstrate and discuss their great robots. Many are designed for a specific competition category like FRC, VEX, FTC, FLL and even MATE underwater robotics. Many of these teams are past and present regional and international champions, but others are for fun and engineering challenge. You could easily spend all day in this area alone if you want to learn more about robot design and engineering. These projects are good for students in grades 3-12, so we recommend this area to teachers, students and parents.
- FIRST in Texas: did you know the largest educational robotics competition in the world will be in Houston in April 2017? Yes, the FIRST Championship will be in Houston on April 19-22, 2017, and will span the GRB, Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park! This is HUGE! This is an outstanding opportunity for local teachers and students to get involved and have an amazing life-changing experience. To learn more, come to Maker Faire and talk to the many educational robotics teams that will be actively exhibiting their robots, and visit the FIRST in Texas booth to find out how to get involved as a mentor, coach, volunteer or competitive team.
- Makeblock offers the most cost-effective complete programmable robot kits, designed by makers and using the Arduino electronics foundation. They’re built to be capable and durable — and they are the first in this class to be fully programmable from a smartphone or tablet! Come try them out at the Techno Chaos booth and see what a great robotics learning kit this is!
- Proto Makerspace has great programs for girls to get involved in robotics teams with ChickTech.
- Techno Chaos can help your school, library or community organization get started in robotics with its makerspace education programs. Techno Chaos has the widest range of real-world experience with educational robotics of any group in Texas! The exhibit will include a Makeblock robot demo, some small combat robots (“battlebots”) and the 6′ tall Minecraft Creeper robot!