The fifth annual National Robotics Week (NRW) is almost here! Scheduled for April 5-14, NRW is a ten day celebration of all things robotic, whether it is a rover on Mars, the latest LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, a da Vinci® surgical system or a Motoman® MA1440 arc welding robot.
Yaskawa Motoman was one of the earliest supporters of NRW, hosting tour groups and holding “Meet the Engineers” events at our headquarters since 2010. This year, in addition to opening our doors to students in Ohio, we will be hosting events at our regional facilities in Rochester Hills, MI and Irvine, CA. *Attendance is limited, so contact us early if you wish to schedule a group tour.
The spirit of NRW is to inspire students to pursue careers in robotics and to study hard in their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. We can all agree that the future of our industry is dependent upon students prepared with a strong foundation in these disciplines.
We encourage you to participate in NRW. If you use robots, you are in the best position to show our younger generation how robots make a real difference in factories. Hosting an event is a great way for you to give back to your local community, have fun and maybe even meet your future robot technicians. See www.nationalroboticsweek.org for info on how to host your own event!
*High school and college students highly interested in robotics and automation technology are welcome to attend.
By Erik Nieves, Technology Director