The Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM) participates in numerous outreach activities related to robotics. Our outreach effort includes providing tours and demos during National Robotics Week, an annual celebration recognizing robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation. Now in its fifth year, the event educates the public on the benefits of robotics technology to society and inspires students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Additionally, IRIM hosts tours throughout the year, and our student group, RoboGrads, participates in activities to raise awareness of the importance of robotics technology and stimulate interest in the field. Recent RoboGrads projects include coordinating and mentoring a high school team for the FIRST Robotics Competition and coordinating tours and robotics demos for local high school groups.
Through our leadership, IRIM also has been involved in several key robotics initiatives at the national level, including the Robotics Roadmap and the development and implementation of the Robotics Virtual Organization.