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is the UK member of an international movement established to encourage
children and youth to engage with science, technology, engineering and
mathematics through a wide variety of robotics activities. RoboFesta-UK is administered
by the Open University. Members of OU staff sit on the international
RoboFesta Committee, lead its organising committee in the UK, maintain
its websites and provide administrative support.
- To develop a community of best practice
in the field of educational and challenge robotics.
- To develop and promote tried and tested
educational robotics activities with training materials and curriculum
linked teaching resources for a wide variety of settings and time-scales.
- To promote and support established
and new robotics clubs and initiatives throughout the UK.
- To develop and promote low-cost and
Internet-based robotics activities.
- To develop the infrastructure required
to host a European Robot Games Festival culminating in a wide range of
events across the UK and mainland Europe in 2004.
- To develop close links with, and foster
co-operation between, the many established robot challenges and national
networks having an interest in educational robotics.
- To support family learning events.
- To support widening participation
and community outreach initiatives in Higher Education.
- To provide opportunities for children
and youth to participate in international events that mix robotics with
cultural exchange activities.
present RoboFesta-UK activities include a RoboFesta/BBC Blue Peter “Design
a Really Useful Robot” competition that attracted over 32,000 entries,
UK representation at the 2001 RoboFesta International Robot Games Festival
in Japan, organisation of RoboFesta-MK 2002 in Milton Keynes, participation
in Family Robot Days in Oxford and Merseyside, and close collaboration
with BBC TechnoGames in a NESTA-funded family learning initiative involving
robotics classes and activities in technology colleges across the UK in
In future, most RoboFesta events will be locally organised, using
robotics activities, training materials and educational resources developed
by RoboFesta-UK. If you are interested in supporting or organising a local
event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on available resources and useful contacts in your area.
You may use a local RoboFesta designation (e.g. RoboFesta-Leeds) to promote
an event, provided you inform us about it. We will do our best to promote
your event via our newsletter, websites and contacts