Play drums with a robot or high-five one at the fifth annual National Robotics Week event

Author: William G. Gilroy

National Robotics Week

Robots that high-five visitors, play drums with them and play games like Hot Lava Monster and Space Invaders are among the projects that will be on display during the fifth annual University of Notre Dame National Robotics Week event on April 10 (Sunday). The free event is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Attendees at this event are encouraged to interact with robots that have been designed, programmed and built by more than 100 students and faculty members from Notre Dame’s Colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts and Letters, along with students and staff from the Robinson Community Learning Center’s award-winning robotics club. There will also be several community and school groups exhibiting at this year’s event, including Team 135, the Penn High School Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition team; the St. Joseph County Public Library’s Studio 304; and the first Lego League champions from Indiana, the Beiger Bots.

“This will be our best event to date,” Laurel Riek, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founder of the annual event, said. “The students, faculty and community exhibitors have worked incredibly hard and have built remarkable, interactive, fun exhibits. It will be a spectacular event for all.”

National Robotics Week celebrates robotics technology development while educating the public about the many ways in which robotics technology impacts society. Its goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.

Complimentary parking is available outside of the Compton Family Ice Arena. For more information, visit

Contact: Jennifer Krauser, NDNRW event coordinator, Computer Science and Engineering,

Originally published by William G. Gilroy at on March 30, 2016.