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Are You Ready For This? Volunteer At The World’s Largest Robotics Championship

Confetti_shotFIRST® Robotics is the oldest and largest robotics education program in the world — and it is celebrating its 25th anniversary by bringing its Championship to Houston. The event happens April 19-22, 2017 and it’s so huge it will fill all of the GRB — plus Minute Maid Park! This roboticsfirstcompetitionevent is a deep dive into STEM education as high-challenge, high-energy, high-impact inspirational fun! Don’t expect something simple, quiet and sedate here; rather, this is fully-engaging chaotic high-speed enthusiastic “sport for the mind”. If you want to see how education programs can inspire and build the FRC crowdleaders of the future, we can think of no better example than FIRST Robotics. We encourage everyone to attend, especially families and educators (bonus: attendance is free, and there are many other interesting things here too in addition to robotics!)

The best way to get the full experience of this dynamic event is to volunteer. Roles are available for a few hours, a full day — and even the full event. Thousands of volunteers are needed to support an event of this scale, and technical knowledge is not required (but can be useful in certain roles, so let them know when you register). Please make arrangements to spend some time as a volunteer at the event — you’ll be helping K-12 students from all around the world. But you’ll benefit too — inspiration is infectious around all this creative energy and enthusiasm!

To volunteer: please review this brief page and click on the VIMS link in the “HOW TO APPLY FOR A VOLUNTEER ROLE” section. (FIRST is a 501(c)(3) non profit charity.) Even better, volunteer at the FIRST Championship, plus one or more of the local events detailed below.

Full Schedule of Events for Saturday & Sunday

For a PDF version of the Full Schedule click here. On a phone the hyperlinks will work with the Adobe PDF Reader App.

Maker Exhibit Hall Open #MakerFaireHOU
10:00AM – 5:00PM #PowerUpHouston
 Saturday & Sunday #EdCampHMMF

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DAY ONE: Saturday, November 12th, 2016

When Where What
9:00AM Rm 310C EdCamp HMMF [Teachers & Librarians]
9:45AM Hall A Ticket Booth Opens. Purchase online to speed up the line.
10:00AM Hall A Stage Opening Remarks by Mike Hinkle
10:00AM Rm 310C Networking Roundtable: How can makers in our community impact a younger generation? How can we enable apprenticeships? How can we enable diversity in making? (until 12PM)
10:00AM Rm 310B Mega Meetup: Artisans (until 12PM)
10:30AM Rm 310A Speaker: Educational Robotics from K-8th by Katie Kelley
10:30AM Hall A Stage A Makerspace On The Move by Karla & Mary from MaKr U
11:00AM Hall A Stage Getting Charged Up with Customized Electric Cars by the HEAA members
11:00AM Discovery Zone Electronics Circuits Hands-On Workshop [Teachers / Librarians Only]
12:00PM Rm 310A Speaker: Competitive Robotics: It’s More Than Robots by Allen Gregory
12:00PM Hall A Stage The Marriage of Art and Technology by Miral Kotb from iLuminate
12:30PM Hall A Stage Pitches from HCC IDEAS Competition Teams (until 4PM)
1:00PM Rm 310C Networking Roundtable: How can we enable local sourcing (ex. Food, Reuse, Water, Materials, Equipment)? (until 3PM)
1:00PM Rm 310B Mega Meetup: Makerspaces in Education (until 3PM)
1:00PM Discovery Zone Electronics Circuits Hands-On Workshop by David Sproles
1:30PM Rm 310A Speaker: A Maker Revolution in Health Care by Jose Gomez-Marquez
2:00PM Discovery Zone Electronics Circuits Hands-On Workshop by David Sproles
3:00PM Rm 310A Speaker: Approaching Innovation – A Perspective of Food Production by Thomas Garcia-Prats & Daniel Garcia-Prats
3:00PM Rm 310B Mega Meetup: Coding (until 5PM)
3:00PM Discovery Zone Electronics Circuits Hands-On Workshop by David Sproles
4:00PM Hall A Stage What’s the Big Story about Tiny Houses? by Houston Tiny House Enthusiasts
4:30PM Hall A Stage TED Video: How To Learn? From Mistakes by Diana Laufenberg

DAY TWO: Sunday, November 13th, 2016

When Where What
9:45AM Hall A Ticket Booth Opens. Purchase online to speed up the line.
10:00AM Hall A Stage Opening Remarks by Mike Hinkle
10:00AM Booth # 1201B
Networking Roundtable: How can we enable entrepreneurs? Inventors?
10:00AM Booth # 1201A
Mega Meetup: Artisans
10:30AM Outside Lobby Speaker: HCPL and eNABLE Give You a Hand by Patrick Ferrell and Jalal Yazji
10:30AM Hall A Stage SHEbots by Jane Taylor from Bot Shop
11:00AM Hall A Stage Getting Charged Up with Customized Electric Cars by the HEAA members
11:00AM Discovery Zone Modify Your Holidays Toys to Make Them Accessible to Kids of All Abilities by Jose Gomez-Marquez from MakerHealth
12:00PM Outside Lobby Speaker: Enabling The Maker Mindset at NASA by Lee Graham and Chris Gerty
12:00PM Hall A Stage Experience-Based Education by Shelancia Daniel from Creativity Shell
1:00PM Hall A Stage Awards from HCC IDEAS Pitch Competition Teams (until 2PM)
1:00PM Booth # 1201B Networking Roundtable: What are our manufacturing challenges for ideas?
1:00PM Booth # 1201A Mega Meetup: Robotics for Adults
1:00PM Discovery Zone Global Health Respiratory Tech Workshop by Jose Gomez-Marquez from MakerHealth
1:30PM Outside Lobby Speaker: Robotics for All: Engineering for learning differences by Nicholas Guillerman
2:00PM Hall A Stage Pitches from Power Up Houston Hackathon (until 4PM)
3:00PM Main Lobby Speaker: Young Inventors & Entrepreneurs Panel
3:00PM Booth # 1201A Mega Meetup: Technology
3:00PM Discovery Zone Modify Your Holidays Toys to Make Them Accessible to Kids of All Abilities by Jose Gomez-Marquez from MakerHealth
4:00PM Hall A Stage What’s the Big Story about Tiny Houses? by Houston Tiny House Enthusiasts
4:30PM Hall A Stage A Perspective of the High School Aerospace Scholars from an Alumni by Jonathan Zhang